EDF group chairman and chief executive Henri Proglio said: "The agreement in principle reached today with the British Government significantly strengthens the industrial and energy co-operation between France and the United Kingdom.
"The EPR project at Hinkley Point represents a great opportunity for the French nuclear industry in a context of a renewal of competencies.
"This project will deliver a boost to the economy and create job opportunities on both sides of the Channel and will enable the United Kingdom, a country in which EDF is already the leading producer of electricity, to increase the share of carbon-free energy in its production mix."
More top news
A teenage boy has been stabbed to death in London, the second fatal attack within two days.
A British amateur sailor died this morning after being hit by a sail while taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
Plans for seven-day GP services are "unrealistic" because of a shortage of doctors, the Government has been warned.