Monday, February 04, 2013

France hearts uranium, not the people of Mali

From a reader:
""France is to deploy special forces to protect uranium mines belonging to French nuclear energy giant Areva in Niger, according to a report in a news magazine this week. According to weekly Le Point, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has given the go-ahead for an elite team from France’s armed forces to reinforce local security at the company’s two sites in Niger, a former French colony."

"Niger has long complained that it has failed to reap benefits from its uranium wealth. Niger is one of the ten poorest countries in the world, with most people living on less than $1 per day. The United Nations and the World Bank estimate Niger's 2011 GDP at just over $6 billion, or 4.4 billion euros, which is less than half Areva's 9.34 billion 2012 revenue."