28 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- After more than a year of negotiations, France has been chosen to host a multi-billion dollar experimental nuclear-fusion reactor.
The decision was made today in Moscow by representatives of six parties involved in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project -- Russia, Japan, the United States, the European Union, China, and South Korea.
The project -- expected to cost up to $13 billion to develop -- will be constructed at Cadarache in southern France.
French president Jacques Chirac said he is delighted by the decision and called it a big success for France.
The experimental reactor will be used to demonstrate whether nuclear fusion presents a vast and safe source of energy that could reduce the world's reliance on pollution-producing fossil fuels.