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The French government says there are no signs of a radiation leak after a deadly blast at the Marcoule nuclear site in the Rhone Valley on Monday. At least one person died and four more were injured following the explosion of a furnace used to melt down radioactive material. One of the injured is said to be in a critical condition.
Both the state nuclear regulator, ASN, and national electricity provider EDF insist there have been no leaks either radioactive or chemical from the site of the blast.
The ASN said it appears that a furnace used to recycle metals with low levels of radioactivity had exploded. A subsequent blaze has been brought under control.
Following the blast, shares in EDF fell six per cent.