In France daily protests over the proposed building of a nuclear power station at Pointe du Raz, in the tiny township of Plogoff continue.
GV People assembling outside Justice building in Quimper gathering for demonstration
GV Demonstrators in street
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GV Police standing by
GV Demonstrators assembled with banners
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Background: In France daily protests over the proposed building of a nuclear power station at Pointe du Raz, in the tiny township of Plogoff continue. An inquiry into the establishment of the plant, at the westernmost point in mainland France, is due to give its verdict in a week's time (14 March).
SYNOPSIS: Anti-nuclear protestors gathered outside the Justice building in Quimper to await the verdict of nine fellow demonstrators arrested last week (29 February). But they later heard that the trial will be put off until the end of May (27 May) after a lawyer was accused of insulting the magistrate.
Over the past month a regular protest rite has been established between the anti-nuclear demonstrators and the officials called in to investigate the protestors misgivings about the building of the plant in the area. The demonstrators have in fact tried to stop the committee members from meeting. But a squad of specially drafted police ensure that the meetings take place. people on trial in Quimper were arrested in such a confrontation.
The authorities have decided the Plogoff site is a suitable one for a power station, which they say is essential to France's energy programme. But local people, and the national anti-nuclear lobby feel that the problems the station might create in the future outweigh the positive side of the issue.