France’s reliance on nuclear energy limits its ability to uphold its energy independence objectives. As it is, the French strategy is one of interdependence, merely diversifying imports while putting local populations and environments at risk. Indeed, France built its nuclear power on the logic of “meeting ‘clean energy’ goals here by polluting where the public cannot see it”, resulting in ecocide in Niger.
Key Judgement 1: France’s energy interdependence is likely to be reinforced by recent geopolitical developments, furthering France’s loss of influence in the Sahel.
Key Judgement 2: If France truly aims to achieve energy independence, it will likely need to distance itself from uranium mining in Niger.
Key Judgement 3: France’s over-exploitation of uranium mines is highly likely to pose a serious threat to human life in Niger.