18 Feb 2012

Nuclear energy deal signed by UK and France

9:01 am on 18 February 2012

The British government has signed an agreement with France to strengthen co-operation in the development of civil nuclear energy.

The government said the agreement would create a number of commercial deals in the nuclear energy field, worth more than £500 million and creating 1,500 jobs in Britain.

The deal was signed at a summit between Prime Minister David Cameron and President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.

Public and private sector agencies in the civil nuclear power industry will work more closely in a number of areas.

The BBC reports these include education and training, research and development, and security.