I was going to comment that this sounds like a dumb thing the French would do. However, they weren't so dumb after all, they let the EU pay for most of it. I thought the French liked nuclear.
All of us, even a fine fellow such as me, have our little hypocrisies. The French are an interesting study in hypocrisy. They are just as Enviro nuts as the rest of the Western Europeans, but they love their nukes, which have the added bonus of being Carbon Free. They can then sell what ever excess nuke powered Electricity they wish to, to their Nuke Hating European neighbors. The EU is a fine kettle of bureaucratic wonderment. All of their rules benefit the rulers and the puppet poor. The middle class in the EU always gets over taxed, over regulated, and screwed over the same way the middle class in Obama's AmeriKa got royally screwed over.