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on nuclear policy
PARIS (AP)-A mysterious fire at a ,nuclear
reprocessing plant has ignited a new controversy
over France's ambitious drive to harness the power
of the atom.
Despite an exhaustive preliminary study, officials
say they have been unable to determine the cause of
the blaze that broke out Tuesday in a silo housing
THE FIRE was extinguished in a few hours and
spread no further than the silo, they said. But three
employees were contaminated by high-level
radiation from the fire at the plant in La Hague near
the English Channel coastal city of Cherbourg, plant
Labor unions covering the plant's 2,500 workers
said as many as 400 other people were contaminated
to a lesser degree by fumes.
Union officials say management should have in-
formed the workers immediately about the fire and
evacuated the plant while firefighters extinguished
THE MANAGER of the plant, which was closed
briefly last April because of a fire in an electrical in-
stallation, denied union claims that 400 workers were
contaminated. The manager, Maurice Delange, said.
readings from sensor devices were within acceptable
limits and there was no reason to interrupt normal
plant operations while the fire was fought.
But the accident has raised serious questions about
the French nuclear development-begun in 1945 un-
der Gen. Charles de Gaulle and expanded by his suc-
cessors-which has made France's atomic-energy
-capacity the most advanced in the Western world.
Two days after the fire, about 1,200 union workers
demonstrated outside the gates of the plant to protest
management's handling of the accident. They
demanded an investigation to determine if the
cafeteria and cars parked on the plant's grounds had
been contaminated by chemicals they say were
discharged into the atmosphere during the blaze.
Until recently, such demonstrations were virtually
unheard of in France. Public opinion polls show that,
until recently, the overwhelming percentage of Fren-
chmen strongly concurred with the government's
nuclear power policy.
President Valery Giscard d'Estaing's government
has allocated $30 billion for nuclear development for
the 10-year period ending in 1985. By that time, 50
percent of France's electricity should be generated
by nuclear power, twice the projected U.S. rate of 25
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but the large percentage of undecided
voters could make for a surprise.
Begin held talks Friday with key
ministers, but the state radio said
discussions focused on organizing early
elections rather than on the nearly
hopeless task of resolving the teachers
Begin has several options for step-
ping down, but in any case would
remain head of a caretaker Cabinet un-
til a new government is formed.
HE COULD TENDER a resignation
letter to President Yitzhak Navon and
try to form a new government-a
process that could take months. Or, he
could introduce a bill dissolving the
Knesset and setting a date for general
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improve a tan. It helps prevent burns.
The recommended time is one minute
and if stay in there too long it does tend
to, dry your skin."
The tanning booth business is fairly
new to the area' and has not proven ex-
"AT FIRST people were afraid to
Mqhe into places like this because not
much was known about them and there
had been no regulations set for them,"
Kale said. People were concerned that
exposure to the ultraviolet rays could
cause burns or skin cancer.
The federal government has now set
standards regulating operation of the
"The FDA sets the standards and
then comes out to the franchises and in-
dependent businesses for regular in-
spections to make sure that the rules
are being followed,' said Kale.
elections on earlier than 100 days hen-
Begin could also take no action and
hope independent splinter groups in
Parliament carry him through the no-
confidence motions he would be sure to
face. But Begin's aides say the prime
minister does not want to lead a
minority government dependent upon
Begin reportedly has promised
coalition allies in the Cabinet to wait
until Tuesday to act so that ministers
who wish to doso will have time to ten-
Aides described Begin as "disappoin-
ted and withdrawn," and concerned
that a government led by Labor Will
trade parts of the Israeli-occupiedrWest
Bank for a wider peace with the Arabs.
The Mideast peace process currently
involves only Israel and Egypt.
The teachers' dispute was the latest
in a series of crises that wracked the
government, and it caught the nation
off balance. The government had just
scraped through a bitter fight over the
defense budget and seemed likely to
coast through the rest of its term.
The teachers had been promised ap-
proval of wage and work reforms by
911VEiSITh c MUSICAL G8OCIETY
To begin the New Year remarkable musicians in four first-time
Ann Arbor appearances, followed by the return engagement of one
ofAnn Arbor's most popular chambergroups.
IWl encday!Jant. 14
Gutierrez' career is marked by a notable
re-engagement record with the world's
leading orchestras and by continuing col-
laboration with many eminent interna-
tional conductors. As a recitalist he has
appeared on the important concert stages
in the United States, Europe, South
America, Israel; and the Soviet Union.
For his first Ann Arbor performance
thirty-two- year- old Pinchas Zukerman will
perform an all Brahms program. "Abso-
lutely without peer among violinists" is
what the London Times said of him, and
"probably the best living viola player"
noted Gramaphone. Recently, he has also
distinguished himself as a brilliant conduc-
tor, as a chamber music performer, and as a
winning television personality. Tues., 8:30.
double shot concerts, inc.
an evening with
Five extraordinary young musicians will
perform chamber music by Beethoven,
Martinu and Brahms, for another Ann
Arbor debut, this time of musicians from
Marlboro-that remarkable molding force
for the performance of chamber music in
this country. Wrote Harold Schonberg in
The Neu ,York Times last summer, "A
community of the most expert musicians
anywhere, expanding their musical know-
ledge and producing an altogether superior
brand of chamber music." Thurs., 8:30.
The fabulous Russian emigre pianist burst
on the American music scene with her
1979-1980 tour of our major cities and drew
attention to her "cyclonic virtuosity," her
"imposing presence and personality," her
"monumental power," and "depth of ex-
pression." Since she emigrated to the
United States from Soviet Russia, the
thirty-nine- year-old pianist has been
acclaimed as one of the most richly en-
dowed pianists to come out of Russia in
recent times. Sat., 8:30.
FRIDAY MARCH 6,8 PM
jzrnni h,, Coe't
Again the Musical Society commemorates
this significant month in our history with a
Founders Day Concert. Donald Bryant will
conduct the Festival Chorus in another
major choral work, with instrumentalists
from the University Symphony Orchestra,
and soloists (to be announced). Tickets are
$3.00, general admission; complimentary,
upon request, for subscribers to any of the
1980-1981 series. Sun.. 2:30.
on sale tuesday
"The four men who are collectively known
as the Guarneri (after the eighteenth-
century Italian violin maker) have achieved
one of the most glittering, durable careers
in music by directing their individual
virtuosity to a common cause. To music
connoisseurs the Guarneri is the 'world
master of chamber music'" (Time). Known
well by Musical Society chamber music
lovers are: Arnold Steinhardt, violinist;
John Dalley, violinist and Ann Arbor na-
tive; Michael Tree, violist;and David Soyer,
St ring Quartet
Thursday Feb. 19
a.m. at the
box off ic
e. also available