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France Bure: Rock slide kills one at nuclear waste site

An emergency vehicle at a French nuclear waste site after a deadly rock slide Image copyright AFP
Image caption Emergency vehicles were sent to the site, which is being tested to receive radioactive waste

A rock slide has killed one person and injured another at an underground research laboratory in north-eastern France.

Both were in a tunnel at the site in Bure, about 138 miles (223 km) east of Paris, when part of a rock face collapsed, emergency officials said.

Workers were evacuated and an investigation is under way.

The facility is being tested to store radioactive waste deep underground.

There was no nuclear waste at the location at the time of the rock slide, officials said.

How France is disposing of its nuclear waste

France is heavily dependent on nuclear energy and the site is required to house the most dangerous material.

The underground repository scheme is due to begin in 2025 but is still awaiting the government's final decision.

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