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Images of a French nuclear power plant are stark contrast to destroyed plant in Japan

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A technician inspects the blades of a turbine during a planned maintenance intervention at the Bugey nuclear power plant in Saint-Vulbas, near Lyon April 19, 2011. Electricite de France (EDF) runs the country's 58 nuclear reactors, which meet close to 80 percent of the country's power needs and which its rivals say give the state-owned company a competitive advantage.

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A technician monitors power output in the control room at the operating nuclear power plant at the Bugey nuclear power.

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A technician works above the basin holding nuclear fuel elements at the Bugey nuclear power plant.

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Technicians monitor the MIS (Inspection Machine in Service) robot which inspects inside the reactor's tank during programmed servicing and maintenance at the Bugey nuclear power plant.

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Technicians work near a turbine during a planned maintenance intervention at the Bugey nuclear power plant.

While these images from the Bugey nuclear power plant in France have the usual trappings of a public relations tour, I find it interesting to see a pristine, functioning plant after these weeks of looking at images from the partial meltdowns occurring at the Fukushima nuclear power plants following Japan's devastating tsunami in March.

Compare these images to ones taken at the destroyed site on March 17.

Read about the latest attempts to avert a larger nuclear disaster at those plants.