France, home to 58 of 143 reactors in the EU, has traditionally been the cheerleader for nuclear.
The country generates more than 75 per cent of electricity from nuclear and President Sarkozy said it was "out of the question" to end nuclear power after Fukishima.
France is also the world's largest net exporter of electric power, exporting to Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Britain, and Germany.
In fact France has plans to expand nuclear both at home and abroad.
France is so good at building nuclear power stations, it is likely to be the main company developing new plants in Britain.