Business: Where the Atom Is Admired

France presses nuclear power and a waste-treatment idea

In most ways, Malville is a tunelessly idyllic French village. Chickens wander the lanes that link the stone farmhouses, while cows graze alongside the clear Rhone River. Yet the hamlet (pop. 50), located about 30 miles east of Lyon, has a strikingly modern feature. Within a large fenced-off area, tall construction cranes hover over a huge concrete cylinder that will contain the world's most advanced nuclear power plant, a fast-breeder reactor christened Super Phenix.

When it begins operating in late 1983, the plant will become the...

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