The French economy minister has said that his government is "completely committed" to constructing the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant.

In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, Emmanuel Macron said that the controversial project was "very important" for both France and EDF, which is majority-owned by the French state.

Macron said work still needed to be finalised but he hoped something would be signed with UK officials this week.

‘Very important for France’

"We back Hinkley Point project, it's very important for France, it's very important for the nuclear sector and EDF.

"Now we have to finalise the work, and especially the technical and industrial work, very closely with EDF, with the British government, to be in a situation to sign in the coming week or more."

The project has sparked fierce debate and there has been speculation about whether it will go-ahead. Last week a think-tank claimed that cancelling plans to build the nuclear power station in Somerset and instead investing in renewable energy could save the UK £30-40 billion.

The Intergenerational Foundation (IF) said it would be cheaper to buy renewable energy when compared with the cost of building the plant and then buying electricity from it for 35 years.

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