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France Chosen To Host Fusion-Reactor Project

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.