French nuclear power plant evacuated

A nuclear power station at Chinon in central France was evacuated today after a phone call warning of a bomb, power supplier EDF said.

EDF said the anonymous phone call was made shortly before 4am and that, while searches continued, the core ares of the plant had been secured.

The nuclear plant was still functioning, EDF added.

"We will know at the start of the afternoon whether there is a bomb or not," an EDF spokeswoman said by telephone.

The Chinon plant, which has four 900-megawatt nuclear reactors, supplies electricity to around 6 percent of the French population.