France is to begin closure works on Fessenheim nuclear power plant this year.

This decision was taken by the French Government following criticisms from the Swiss and German governments over the plant’s safety.

The two countries demanded France to close its oldest nuclear plant after reports indicated that a 2014 incident was worse than claimed by the French Government.

“The government may convert the nuclear plant into a renewable energy facility or car manufacturing site.”

French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal said on TF1 television channel that the decommissioning involved several issues including paperwork, adherence to strict safety conditions and job losses.

The plant employs around 2,000 people, reported AFP.

The government may convert the nuclear plant into a renewable energy facility or car manufacturing site.

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Last September, French President François Hollande was reported to have stated that the government would not shutdown the nuclear plant, although it had previously announced it would close in 2012.

Fessenheim power plant is located close to the borders of Germany and Switzerland.

The French Government pledged to cut dependence on nuclear energy from more than 75% to 50% by 2025, a move that would see closure of 24 reactors, and increase its reliance on renewable energy sources.