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E.ON's French thermal plants stopped for strike - union

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PARIS, Oct 12 (Reuters) - French striking workers haltedproduction at German power group E.ON's fourcoal-fired power plants in France on Friday, cutting about 3,000MW in output capacity, a trade union representative said.

The plants at Gardanne, south of France, Lucy in Burgundy,Hornaing in the north and Emile Huchet in the east were allstopped on Friday, CGT union representative Loic Delpech toldReuters.

E.ON announced last year that it would gradually close fourout of seven coal plants that it operates in France. It also hastwo gas-powered plants in the country.

The strike movement started late on Monday to protestagainst site closures.

(Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by)

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Keywords: FRANCE EON/STRIKE