The leadership of France's ecologist party has ratified an election pact with the opposition Socialists, after the Socialists agreed to dramatically reduce France's nuclear activity if they win next June's general election.
In a vote late on 19 November, 74% of delegates at a Europe Ecology-Greens conference voted in favour of the deal, under which the Socialists have agreed to close 24 out of 58 reactors by 2025 and end the production of MOX, a recycled nuclear fuel.
The Socialists also agreed not to compete with the Greens in around 60 out of 577 constituencies, giving the Greens a chance to boost their presence in the National Assembly, where they currently have four seats. The Greens, for their part, agreed to drop their insistence that a future Socialist government shut the new-generation nuclear reactor being built at Flamanville in northern France. The deal does not cover next year's presidential election, which takes place in April, with a possible runoff in May.
The Greens are running their own candidate, former investigating magistrate Eva Joly, against Socialist candidate Francois Hollande and incumbent President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Joly, who had insisted on the closure of the Flamanville reactor, did not attend the Greens congress, fuelling speculation of a rift between her and the party.