4 July 2018Hot off the Press
French campaigners @greenpeacefr have flown a #Superman drone over a #NuclearPlant located 30km from Lyon, in France, and voluntarily crashed it against a wall of the building to show how vulnerable nuclear plants are.#Greenpeace#Nuclearpic.twitter.com/y90ZezSDX6
— J.N. PAQUET ✒ (@jnpaquet) July 3, 2018
Greenpeace activists have crashed a ‘superman drone’ into a French nuclear facility in an effort to expose its security flaws.
The activists said, “at no time was the drone intercepted or even worried about”, after it was flown around a facility in Bugey, a city located 30 kilometres from Lyon.
They then proceeded to purposely crash it into the side of a containment building.
Posting the footage on Facebook, the activists conducted the stunt with a drone in the shape of the DC superhero Superman.
The environmental activist group said the drone was harmless however it showed the lack of security installed in nuclear plants in France, a country that is heavily dependent on atomic power.
“This action has once again demonstrated the extreme vulnerability of French nuclear installations, designed for the most part in the 1970s and unprepared for external attacks,” the post read.
France generates 75% of its electricity through its 19 nuclear power plants that are operated by the state-controlled energy company Electricity of France (EDF).
EDF responded to the stunt, saying that, “The presence of these drones had no impact on the security of the installations”, adding that they will file a police complaint.
Greenpeace activists are known for conducting public stunts that aim to grab the attention of the company or organisation they are attacking in order to prompt change in activity they deem to be unethical or harmful to the public and the environment.