The Sizewell C site could generate up to 3.2 gigawatts of electricity which is enough to provide seven percent of the UK’s energy needs. But the project has faced criticism with campaigners saying it is “ridiculously expensive”.
The Government said any deal would be subject to a range of approvals on areas including value for money and affordability.
Negotiations will depend on the progress of the Hinkley Point C nuclear energy plant in Somerset.
This plant is also being built by EDF Energy in partnership with China’s General Nuclear Power.
According to the BBC, as other nuclear projects have suffered setbacks, this new project was the clear front runner to get approval.
People have been quick to criticise the proposed deal with many arguing why can’t Britain build their own power plants.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Why can’t we build our own?
“The French will hold our power sources to ransom.”
Someone else said: “Ah yes, new independent Britain, getting France to build its power plants…”
Others saw the benefit of the nuclear plant with one person saying: “Reliable, safe, low cost, sustainable, round the clock low carbon electricity from nuclear is precisely what this country requires for net-zero.
“Wind and solar, like all renewables, perpetuate fast response gas-fired generation and the pathetic ‘solution’ of demand side response.”
A final decision will be subject to a full regulatory and planning approval process.
However, environmental groups have lashed out at the plans saying it will kill “three million fish”.
RSPB Minsmere tweeted: “If Sizewell C goes ahead, over three million dead fish could be pumped into the sea every year.
“Not only is this bad for the fish, but it’s bad for birds like red-throated divers and terns who rely on these fish as food.”
A petition has been launched to stop the plant and has already received more than 50,000 signatures.
The Government has remained committed to new nuclear power to meet its target of net zero emissions by 2050.
This year, renewable energy made up almost half of Britain’s electricity generation in the first three months.
Most of this energy was generated by solar panels and wind farms.