Amid allegations against the UPA government that it was trying to dilute the Nuclear Liability Laws, France today assured that it would abide by India’s laws.

“As far as the (Nuclear) Liability Law is concerned, during his visit, our President Francois Hollande had stated, we would of course, work in the framework of Indian law. Because, we have to work in India, we have to work within the framework of Indian law” Francois Richier, France Ambassador to India said here.

“This is a natural thing. Of course, how it is applied is a matter of discussion. By definition, we will abide by India”, Richier said to a query.

Richier was here to take part in the conference on “Solar Energy: Potential, Means, Technology” organised by the Embassy of France.

Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visit to United States, a controversy has broken out over the nuclear liability law with reports suggesting that an agreement which may not be in tune with the law was expected to be signed, which the Government has denied.

Commenting about the France’s engagement in the nuclear power sector, he said, “After Fukushima, there had been discussion on the safety element. We have conducted several studies in this respect. We have shared the safety study with the Indian authorities, because we believe that we have to be fully transparent”.

“We build in France, exactly the same reactor that India is planning to build in Maharashtra. So, we share the same safety objective between France and India and I think, it is very important to highlight”, he said.

(This article was published on September 20, 2013)
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