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Wed Apr 11, 2012, 12:30 PM

"Atomic Anne" tries to nuke France's Sarkozy

"Atomic Anne" tries to nuke France's Sarkozy
* Ex-CEO says Sarkozy tried to sell reactor to Gaddafi
* Government says Lauvergeon's account is "fiction"
* Socialists question EDF boss' future
By Paul Taylor

PARIS, April 11 (Reuters) - Nuclear warfare has broken out between France's two main political parties 11 days before the first round of a presidential election, with a woman known as "Atomic Anne" launching a strike on President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Anne Lauvergeon, a former top aide to Socialist President Francois Mitterrand ousted as head of French nuclear group Areva last year, accused Sarkozy of having tried to sell an atomic reactor to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi until mid-2010.

"The state, which was supposed to be responsible, was supporting this folly," she told weekly magazine L'Express in an interview. "Imagine, if we had done it, how it would look now."

Government spokeswoman Valerie Pecresse, a member of Sarkozy's conservative UMP party, responded by accusing Lauvergeon of trying to "settle scores". She described the former CEO's account of dealings with Libya as fictitious.

"She should have ...


The nuclear industry's concept of "responsible behavior".

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