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Greenpeace activists in France have intentionally crashed a Superman-style drone into a nuclear facility to underline the poor security at the plant.

The stunt was carried out in a town called Bugey, 30 km from Lyon. Greenpeace flew the drone into restricted airspace surrounding the facility before piloting the drone towards its ultimate fate. They then posted the video to Facebook alongside a statement. In the video, we see a plastic Superman heroically gliding above a nondescript concrete facility. Within seconds, Superman flies directly into a concrete wall, causing his head to uncharacteristically snap off before he plunges to the ground below.

The French branch of Greenpeace claim they staged the crash to highlight the lack of security at such facilities and the risk posed to the French public. Greenpeace has an ongoing campaign against nuclear power and has carried out multiple actions  across France over the previous months, including breakins at toxic waste sites. France generates 75 percent of the nation’s electricity from such plants.

“This action has once again demonstrated the extreme vulnerability of French nuclear installations, designed for the most part in the 1970s and unprepared for external attacks,” the group wrote.

Greenpeace France’s chief nuclear campaigner Yannick Rousselet called for spent-fuel pools to be turned into bunkers “in order to make nuclear plants safer.”

Greenpeace have staged protests against nuclear weapons since the 1970s when boats laden with activists would travel to the Pacific ocean to protest nuclear tests conducted by France and the United States.

The video is viewable below:

Superman survole et se crashe sur la centrale du Bugey

Superman a fait son grand retour ce matin ! Le super héros s'est offert une promenade au-dessus de la centrale nucléaire du Bugey (interdite de survol, mais visiblement mal protégée), avant de se crasher volontairement contre le mur d'un bâtiment lourdement chargé en radioactivité… sans aucune intervention de sécurité ! L'honneur de Superman est sauf : il s'agissait d'un drone, piloté par des militant-e-s non violents de Greenpeace. A aucun moment le drone n'a été intercepté ni même inquiété. Cette action a démontré encore une fois l'extrême vulnérabilité des installations nucléaires françaises, conçues pour la plupart dans les années 1970 et non préparées à des attaques extérieures.

Posted by Greenpeace France on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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