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France’s Choice for Naval Nuclear Propulsion: Why Low-Enriched Uranium Was Chosen

12.06.16 | 1 min read | Text by Alain Tournyol du Clos

This special report is a result of an FAS task force on French naval nuclear propulsion and explores France’s decision to switch from highly-enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU). By detailing the French Navy’s choice to switch to LEU fuel, author Alain Tournyol du Clos — a lead architect of France’s nuclear propulsion program — explores whether France’s choice is fit for other nations. 

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