Greenpeace protestors collision Superman-shaped drone right into French nuclear plant

Greenpeace drone toy plane crash into French nuclear plant

A Superman-shaped drone and a miniature aircraft piloted by Greenpeace activists were smashed Tuesday morning against a building of a nuclear power plant near Lyon, with "no impact" on the safety of facilities according to the state-controlled EDF.

"This is a highly symbolic action: it shows that spent fuel pools are very accessible, this time from the air, and therefore extremely vulnerable to attack", Yannick Rousselet, head of Greenpeace France's anti-nuclear campaign, in a statement.

But here's one thing operators and security guards at America's nuclear energy plants and warhead storage sites will hope they don't catch a glimpse of tomorrow: a loud, hovering Superman imposter flying toward their facility.

In this photo released by Greenpeace, a drone resembling the character of Superman flies over the nuclear power plant of Le Bugey, central, France, Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

EDF insists the spent-fuel pool buildings can withstand natural disasters and accidents.

Greenpeace has carried out several actions aimed at highlighting the danger posed by French nuclear plants, which generate the bulk of the country's electricity needs.

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EDF said that two drones had flown over the Bugey site, of which one had been intercepted by French police.

Greenpeace has gone after France's nuclear security before in previous stunts.

This action comes after the intrusions of Greenpeace activists in the Cattenom (Moselle) power stations in October and Cruas (Ardèche) in November, which had the same objective of reporting flaws in the safety of the fuel pools.

The drone stunt follows a series of staged break-ins by Greenpeace activists into French nuclear plants, which Greenpeace says are vulnerable to outside attack, especially the spent-fuel pools.

Greenpeace's security breaches have sparked a parliament investigation into nuclear security, which is due to present its report on Thursday.

In February, a French court handed suspended jail sentences - along with fines to several Greenpeace activists.

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