EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Lévy: offering employees a one-off €10,000 payment to persuade them to work 212 days a year, rather than the current 196. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

For years, employees of the French company EDF have enjoyed a perk almost inconceivable to their counterparts in the rest of the industrialised wor(...)

The Electricite de France nuclear power station in Dampierre-en-Burly, France. The French power utility is the world’s biggest operator of nuclear power plants. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/ Reuters
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Image of the week: Nuclear option Steam rises at night from the cooling towers of the Electricite de France nuclear power station in Dampierre-(...)

The French government has been buying shares in French carmaker Renault SA to increase its stake to up to 19.73 per cent with the aim of blocking a resolution at the next annual general meeting that could reduce its control over the company. (Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg)

The French government has been buying shares in French carmaker Renault SA to increase its stake to up to 19.73 per cent with the aim of blocking a r(...)

Proposed location of new nuclear plant in England, showing where it will lie in relation to Ireland.

The European Commission has approved a financing plan for the construction of two nuclear power plants in southwest England, effectively giving a g(...)

Ryanair finished 0.9 per cent lower at €6.91, with the airline announcing that Howard Millar plans to step down as deputy chief executive and chief financial officer in December

European stocks were little changed, with the Stoxx Europe 600 Index capping its fourth straight quarterly gain, as contracts to buy previously owned(...)

Miners are helped by rescue workers and friends from the coal mine  in Soma. The disaster in western Turkey is likely to be the country’s deadliest and is also the worst in a series of incidents in a sector that has seen 30,000 die since 1970. Photograph: Ozgu Ozdemir/Getty Images

A coal mine explosion and fire which have killed more than 200 people in Turkey coincides with increased pressure on utilities to drastically improve (...)

Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

Former RBS chief executive Fred Goodwin: big energy companies were warned they were facing a “Fred the Shred” moment

The spectre of Britain’s most reviled company boss, the former RBS chief executive Fred Goodwin, was invoked yesterday by a government minister as he (...)

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Image of the week: Nuclear politician Nuclear power is safe in this man’s hands – it’s David Cameron, going the full jumpsuit as he gives a speec(...)

David Cameron addresses workers at the Hinkley  nuclear power station

As an island nation with a woefully ill-thought-out energy strategy, Britain has latterly become very switched on to the idea it needs to act urgently(...)