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Greenpeace protest outside French Parliament over Hollande's nuclear promise

Greenpeace protest near the National Assembly, Paris, 9 March 2015.
Greenpeace protest near the National Assembly, Paris, 9 March 2015. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Greenpeace protested in front of France's lower house of parliament on Monday morning over a delayed energy bill.

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Greenpeace activists installed a large banner - on the Pont de la Concorde near the National Assembly - featuring a photo of French President François Hollande

The banners bore the words "I will commit France to reduce the share of nuclear power to 50% into 2025" echoing Hollande's pre-election promise to reduce dependency on nuclear fuel.

The protest came a day before the country's much-delayed energy bill is to be reviewed by a joint committee of lawmakers to try to find a compromise on nuclear energy reduction targets.

Four Greenpeace boats came near the National Assembly via the river Seine just before 8 am this Monday.

Greenpeace activists stretched out one banner on the river and put another one - featuring Hollande - on the bridge opposite the National Assembly.

One hour later,  police removed both banners. 

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