Franco-British Nuclear Forum

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The Franco-British Nuclear Forum is an event, held roughly once a year, to foster cooperation between British and French nuclear scientists, policy-makers, regulators and industry.

It was set up by Tony Blair and President Jacques Chirac during a Franco-British summit in June 2006.

Blair and Chirac said the Forum was designed to “provide a vehicle to discuss Franco-British nuclear cooperation, including research, skills, decommissioning and waste management” and “further develop the opportunities of working together in the civil nuclear field".[1]

The Nuclear Industry Association has played an active role in the forum since it was established.[2]


The Forum’s first meeting, in October 2006, was co-chaired by French Industry Minister with responsibility for Energy, François Loos, and British Energy Minister Peter Truscott.

It focused on three broad areas

  • Political Environment, looking at the regulation of safety and security, legal framework and other issues that provide for public acceptance of nuclear;
  • Skills, including benchmarking existing skills and engagement with the supply chain; and
  • Economic Environment, including the question of the comparative competitiveness of the nuclear energy and the long term costs of nuclear power. [3]

A follow-up seminar was held in London in the spring of 2007. [4]

The latest meeting took place in London in June 2012.[5]


Membership is made up from the nuclear industry, policy makers, regulators and scientists. The following organisations have attended: [6]


  1. ‘Franco-British Nuclear Forum launched’, CORDIS, 29 November 2006.
  2. The Forum’s website ( was hosted on the NIA’s website in 2008 (see which says “The NIA plays an active part in the forum and hosts the UK documents on these web pages on behalf of the forum”). Now, the Forum’s web address redirects to the NIA website’s home page).
  3. DTI, Franco British Nuclear Forum, Undated.
  4. Foratom, 'Franco-British Nuclear Forum Inaugurates Long Term Partnership in Nuclear Policy', December 6, 2006.
  5. UBIFRANCE, Franco-British Nuclear Forum (video), You Tube, June 2012
  6. DTI, Franco British Nuclear Forum, Undated; UBIFRANCE, Franco-British Nuclear Forum (video), You Tube, June 2012