By Daniel Hunter

The UK and France are set to sign a deal that will strengthen co-operation in the development of civil nuclear energy.

The move demonstrates the government's commitment to having a 'diversified energy mix'.

The coalition says the agreement will create a number of commercial deals in the nuclear energy field, worth more than £500 million and creating 1,500 UK jobs.

"This joint declaration will signal our shared commitment to the future of civil nuclear power, setting out a shared long term vision of safe, secure, sustainable and affordable energy, that supports growth and helps to deliver our emission reductions targets," a statement from Downing Street said.

Defence will also be on the agenda as PM David Cameron and President Nicolas Sarkozy hold a summit in Paris.

"As two great civil nuclear nations, we will combine our expertise to strengthen industrial partnership, improve nuclear safety and create jobs at home," said Mr Cameron.

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