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Brief strike cuts some French thermal power output

PARIS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - A 24-hour strike in the Frenchenergy sector has cut production capacity at some thermalelectricity plants, a CGT union official said on Tuesday, addingthat workers had not lowered output capacity in the country's 58nuclear power reactors.

France's CGT trade union called for a 24-hour strike in theenergy sector is part of Tuesday's national day of protestagainst job cuts and plant closures called by CGT, France'sbiggest trade union.

"There are no cuts in the nuclear power sector but at E.ONfuel-fired power plants," a CGT official said, without makingclear where the cuts had taken place and for what capacity.

German power group E.ON also announced last yearthat it would close four out of seven coal plants that itoperates in France. It also has two gas-powered plants in thecountry.

E.ON's coal and gas plants in France have a combinedelectricity capacity of 3,000 megawatts, equivalent to aboutthree nuclear reactors.

(Reporting By Muriel Boselli)

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Keywords: FRANCE ENERGY/STRIKE