EDF said in a statement on its website yesterday that it welcomed a decision by the High Court of Paris on 5 August 2016 to reject a request by EDF’s Central Works Committee to suspend the board’s 28 July decision to approve the Hinkley Point C nuclear station project in England. Jean-Bernard Lévy, chairman and chief executive officer of the French state-owned power company, also said in the statement he will take legal action against the Sud Energie union.
In a statement on 5 August, the union “inaccurately claimed” that Mr Lévy had lied to journalists when he confirmed he had not known before the meeting of the board’s intention of the British government to conduct a further review of Hinkley Point project, EDF said. The company and its chairman will take similar action against all those who communicate such inaccuracies, EDF said. When the board meeting was held, EDF and Mr Lévy had “no knowledge” of the intention of the British government to hold a further review of the Hinkley Point C project. “All that was known before the press statement issued by the British government on 28 July was that the signing ceremony originally proposed for Friday 29 July would be postponed”, EDF said.