Offshore Wind Debut Reflects Roadblocks in France’s Climate-Fighting Ambitions

"Floatgen, I wish you good wind and fair seas," French sailor Catherine Chabaud announced to a crowd of dignitaries, before sending a champagne bottle smashing against a wind turbine towering over the dock. The launch of the $29.5-million pilot a few weeks ago not only represents France's first floating turbine - capable, its builders say, of powering up to 5,000 homes - but the country's first, up-and-running foray into offshore wind power.

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