Nuclear Safety and Security in France in the 1970s: A Turning Point for the Media
Authors: Jandot Aurélia
In France, in the main media, the concern about nuclear safety and security has not really appeared before the beginning of the 1970s. The gradual changes in its perception are studied here through the arguments given in the main French news magazines, linked with several parameters. As this represents a considerable amount of copies and thus of information, are selected here the main articles as well as the main “mental images” aiming to persuade the readers and which have led the public awareness to evolve. Indeed, in the 1970s, in France, these evolutions were not made in one day. Indeed, over the period, many articles were still in favor of nuclear power plants and promoted the technological advances that were made in this field. They had to be taken into account. But, gradually, grew up arguments and mental images discrediting the perception of nuclear technology. Among these were the environmental impacts of this industry, as the question of pollution progressively appeared. So, between 1970 and 1979, the language has changed, as the perceptible objectives of the communication, allowing to discern the deepest intentions of the editorial staffs of the French news magazines. This is all these changes that are emphasized here, over a period when the safety and security concern linked to the nuclear technology, to there a field for specialists, has become progressively a social issue seemingly open to all.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1125727Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 837
 E. Veron, Construire l’événement – Les médias et l’accident de Three Mile Island (Building the Event – The Media and the Three Mile Island Accident), Paris, Les éditions de Minuit, 1981.
 G. Tarde, L’opinion et la foule (Opinion and the Crowd), Paris, Félix Alcan, 1901.
 D. Cornu, Les médias ont-ils trop de pouvoir? (Have the Media too much Power?), Paris, Seuil / Presses de Sciences Po, 2010.
 J.-M. Gallina, Les représentations mentales (Mental Representations), Paris, Dunod, 2006.
 W. Gamson, D. Croteau, W. Hoynes and T. Sasson, “Media Images and the Social Construction of Reality“, Annual Review of Sociology, 1992, pp. 373-393.
 P. Albert, La Presse française (The French Press), Paris, La Documentation française, 2004.
 J.-M. Charon, La presse en France de 1945 à nos jours (The Press in France from 1945 until today), Paris, Seuil, 1991.
 F. Balle, Médias et sociétés (Media and Societies), Paris, LGDJ, 2013.
 C. Simonpietri, Gamma, Paris, 1970.
 INA, Paris, 1974.
 Unkown, 1975.
 L’Express, Paris, March 1975.
 EDF, Paris, 1976.
 Unknown, 1979.