We have a winner in the British Energy Stakes. Per the BBC,
French energy firm EDF has agreed to buy British Energy, the firm which operates eight UK nuclear power plants, in a £12.5bn deal.
In addition, British Gas-owner Centrica said it is in talks with EDF to take 25% of all power generated by British Energy once it is in French hands.
It will also take a 25% stake in all new nuclear plants built by EDF.
British Energy power plants generate about 14% of UK energy supply, but many are due to be shut within 15 years.
British Energy chairman Sir Adrian Montague said the deal was "good for shareholders, good for staff, good for the nuclear industry and good for the country".
In an interview with the BBC, he played down concerns about the extent of which the UK's energy provision would fall into foreign hands should the tie-up be successful.
"This country has had a history of being very open to foreign capital. All the investors in the energy industry have sustained jobs and investment in the UK," he said.
"I think it's more important to look at the strength of the supply we enjoy in the UK rather than who owns it."