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Atomic Anne”, Nuclear power plants, Areva, Fukushima

Atomic Anne” was a nickname bestowed on Anne Lauvergeon by the US media. She was heading the French power plants conglomerate AREVA.

Why economically decrepit France is shifting its policies to military preemptive strikes war games, in every location that France was a colonial power or had a mandate power over the people after WWI?

France has sound industrial sectors in space, telecommunication, high-speed trains, nuclear power generation and aerospace…

All of these sectors are of no use to the former colonial and mandated States who earned their independence. These states wants industries and an economy that keep them floating for survival, and France has lost the industries that can profit the needy States for export and France has no economical policies to encourage importing products from its former colonies to keep the ties strong and sustainable.

Consequently, currently France is of no use to the Middle-East countries and North Africa, and has not much to offer in matter of trade.

In the last decade, France failed to offer any cultural alternatives: Instead, France shifted its strategic priorities by waving the stick, a ridiculous stick that nobody care to take seriously.

France wants to export sophisticated and useless products to these under developed countries, hardware products that do not fit the needs of these States.

All that France wants is the oil and gas and showing off its fighter jets, nuclear submarines, space launching of spatial vehicles…

During Nicholas Sarkozy tenure as President, he behaved as if he was Louis 14 “The State is I”. The French government ministers and the Prime Minister were mere counselors and their decisions were frequently reversed at will of the President…

France was run by a parallel government, counselors to the President like Henri Proglio (who knew nothing about nuclear power but behaved as if he was the boss of this industry), Herve Marchenaud, and Claude Guerant

Sarkozy economic policy was to desist funding industrial enterprises that the State owns share in it. The predominant idea was to rely on Chinese and other emerging nations products that are cheaper…

This parallel government excited Gadhafi and Tunisia Ben Ali to purchase archaic first generation nuclear plants, against the adamant refusal of the safety minded authorities in France.

In 2007, Mohammad al Mubarak of the Gulf Emirates approached France saying: “We want to do nuclear…”

No problem, Sarkozy was ready to expedite this trade, even if the safety of running nuclear plants was not taken seriously.

The harshest among the barriers was to create the authority for the Safety of nuclear plants, and by magic, this serious constraint was crossed quickly.

Mind you that Areva cannot sell nuclear power plants to a client who is NOT a nuclear electrician, and is not capable of making the plant function properly…

Historically, the French Safety Authority has trained the Chinese, South Africa, Finland…  Usually, The safety training procedures take 3 years to complete forming and instituting the proper staffs.

Actually, it was France that built most of the nuclear plants in the third world, like in Iran, in Iraq in the 1980’s and in Israel in the 1960’s…

The problem was that Sarkozy had planned to destitute Atomic Anne Lauvergeon who headed Areva for 10 years and made this nuclear company first among the international power companies.  Why? Anne was perceived as more powerful than the President by the developed nations. And the deal failed and the American picked up the pieces in the competition.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster shook the world of nuclear power, Anne tried hard to extend AREVA expertise, but the Japanese refused to reply. In the meanwhile, Areva airlifted two cargoes of:

1. 100 tons of boric acid, an excellent absorber of neutrons that aid in regulating the fission processes

2. Safety materials for the workers engaged in the cleanup of the plants…

Three weeks later, on March 29, Japan asked Anne to visit Japan and help with her suggestions and the expertise of Areva.  Everything has melted down and the catastrophe had set in.

Anne landed and conducted a chain of meeting with the high level persons in charge of finding a resolution to the catastrophe. Anne was the main foreign personality who grabbed the Japanese media.

It happened that Sarkozy was visiting Far Eastern countries and paid a short 4-hour visit to Japan, and refused to invite Anne to any French gathering: Anne had snatched the front page attention in japan, which angered and antagonized the President even further.

What happened in Fukushima according to Anne in her autobiography “The Woman who resists“:

The painting of the Japanese Hokusai Great wave of Kanagawa” takes shape on March 11, 2011.

An earthquake of magnitude 9.1 hit the coast of the Island of Honshu. The tsunami generated waves as high as 30 meters (90 feet).

The sea entering 10 km inland ravaged 600 km of coastline (towns, villages…)  Over 21,000 people were killed from this monstrous tsunami.

The nuclear power plants in Fukushima of 1,000 Megawatt is halted for electrical production. There is just 60 Megawatt of heat generated from the combustibles that need to be evacuated to cool down the engine, and this was to be done by Diesel engines.

All is functioning smoothly, until a gigantic wave demolished the barriers designed to protect the reactor.

The sea water invades everything and destroys all in its passage. The Diesel engines are submerged and ruined.

The tubes of Zirconium enveloping the combustible might melt and hydrogen explosion will start a chain reaction that will contaminate the environment.

A hydrogen recombinator might have saved the situation, but its cost of a mere %00,000 Euros was turned down by Japan Tepco, a year earlier.

Without cooling, the lozenges (pastilles) of refractory combustible melted in the bottom of the tank or vat.

Don’t have an objective? Don’t worry if you fail to attain it: Sun Tzu in the Art of War

You want to focus on the brain power for the State economy? And neglect the tools and the skilled working people in the equation?

Do you believe that innovation and opportunities for development can take off if you neglect to produce material things that people can use?

Can’t you imagine losing the know-how if you fail to immerse your hands in the production process?

That’s exactly what happened to current Europe and the US in the last two decades: They figured out that China is the ideal vast potential market, and adopted a post-modern strategy to let China and the emerging States perform the production with lower menial wages, non-obstructive labor laws and ecological constraints

The end result was that many emerging States conceived of, planned and executed long-term industrial objectives, and they stuck it out and never quit at the inevitable initial failures.

Consequently, the emerging nations developed strategic industrial sectors and managed to be self sufficient in most technological breakthrough…

For example, if France had failed to keep steadfast in its strategic industrial sectors such as in space, aeronautic, nuclear, high-speed trains and telecommunication… it is highly possible that France would have ceased to be among the semi-superpower club members…

The environmental restrictions was another factor that favored the transfer of production facilities overseas.

The third factor was the unregulated liberal ideology that says: “Leave it to the private sector and let the government takes its hands off the grand projects...”

The main difficulty is to resolve, after 3 decades of wild liberal economics, is how the States can hire competent “regulators” in every economical sector.

How to retrain States regulators so that they may comprehend the total picture of complex interactions among the industrial sectors, and to be able to retain them after they become highly competent to regulate complex problems…

Mind you that the financial multinationals have the means to hire the best minds whose main job is to “invent and create financial products” that are incomprehensible to normal educated people… financial products that regulators, lawyers and judges feel not qualified to exorcise the danger and consequences of these products, invented by crazy people who refuse to weight the calamitous consequences on their clients...

What are the characteristics of a “Strategic State”?

1. To care for the public interests

2. To maintain the cap on long-term plans and stay on track against all odds

3. To elaborate road maps into the future

4. To stay agile in the face of drastic economical and social changes…

Do you know that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his team (Claude Gueant, Henri Proglio, and Herve Marchenaud...) coaxed Tunisia and Libya of Quaddafi to purchase outmoded first generation nuclear plants? Even trying to sell them archaic submarine nuclear plants?

They knew that these underdeveloped States and dictators cannot maintain and sustain any level of safety for these dangerous products. But they didn’t care: “You don’t want to sell them third generation nuclear designed plants that are reserved for the developed nations. The Libyans don’t need these kinds of precautionary luxury as imposed on us in France...”

And yet, the safety of nuclear power plants rests on 3 factors:

1. The design of the installation

2. The organization, operation, and safety authority,

3. A culture for maintaining the safety level for the operators and the people working in the installation…

Nicolas Sarkozy and his team didn’t give a hoot for the health and safety of the Libyan citizens, even less than Quaddafi himself. They were intent on selling sophisticated military hardware that the country didn’t need.

Note 1: Ideas extracted from”The woman who resists” by Anne Lauvergeon. She headed the French nuclear conglomerate Areva for 10 years

Note 2: France is the main exporter of nuclear power plants to third world countries such as Iraq and to Israel as early as 1961…

Quotes from “The Woman who resisted”

1. We can judge the character of a person by his enterprises… Voltaire

2. There are people whose only mission is to serve as intermediaries. We pass them as bridges and we keep advancing… Gustave Flaubert

3. The real greatness consists of becoming master of ourselves… Daniel Defoe

4. As long as bishops have the courage of girls, girls must acquire the courage of bishops… Jacqueline Pascal

5. Zeus renders crazy the person He wants to lose… Euripides

6. They didn’t know the mission was impossible, and they did it… Mark Twain

7. According to enlightened people, only mediocrity is not exposed to envy… Boccaccio

8. The friend for interest is a swallow on the rooftop… Cervantes

9. Who has no objectives does not risk to fail attaining them… Sun Tzu

10. The anonymous despotism of an oligarchy is more frightening and far harder to overcome than a personal power in the hands of a bandit… Arthur Arnould

Note: From the autobiography of Anne Lauvergeon who lead Areva, the foremost nuclear power plant exporter company in the world, for 10 years and considered more powerful than the French President…




May 2023

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