Bertrand Barré, scientific advisor to the French energy company AREVA, talks about the state of nuclear reactors in France. Speaking in terms of France's nuclear power program, he talks about the country's reactions to Fukushima, their current waste repository plans and why nuclear is a necessary part of their future. He also gives an example of the cost of weapons proliferation to countries attempting to have globally successful nuclear power programs.
Bertrand Barré is currently Scientific Advisor to the French energy conglomerate AREVA and Professor Emeritus at the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN), where he teaches courses on nuclear power and sustainable development. As former Head of the Reactors Directorate of the French Comissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA), Mr. Barré has had an extensive career in the French nuclear energy industry and has worked in France, the United Kingdom, and the United State. He was formerly the Nuclear Attaché to the French ambassador in Washington D.C., Vice-President for Research and Development at Cogema (now AREVA NP) and Head of Scientific Communications for AREVA. Additionally, Mr. Barré has lectured in both France and abroad, and he has written many articles both for technical publications as well as for the general public.