French court fines EDF 1.5 mn euros for spying on Greenpeace

10th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

A French court on Thursday fined French state energy giant EDF 1.5 million euros ($2 million) for spying on environmental campaigners Greenpeace.

An investigating judge had charged that the energy firm hired a private firm, Kargus Consultants, to hack the computers of the former head of campaigns for Greenpeace France, Yannick Jadot, in 2006.

Greenpeace's anti-nuclear campaigning regularly targets EDF, which runs France's network of 58 electricity-producing nuclear reactors.

It spearheaded a years-long campaign to block the construction of France's new generation nuclear reactor in Flamanville on the north coast.

© 2011 AFP

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