I obviously need to read up on this, as it's complicated, and there are vested interests at work.
Whatever the scientific consensus (if there can honestly be said to be one at all) I think it's going to be an uphill task for Enedis rolling this out.
The more informed public (the ones who can drag themselves away from TV long enough) are wary of the scientific consensus partly due to the history of tobacco, but many, including many in the medical profession, are not exactly convinced by the sanctity which clings to the efforts and image of Cancer Research.....( as cited above)
Particularly here in France, where there was a major scandal several years ago when the director of ARC, a French cancer research organisation supported by charitable contributions was found to have been skimming very large amounts for himself.
Worse, in the USA it's widely felt that Cancer Research is simply a clever idea to provide crowd-funding to pay for research to develop new drugs for patenting and sale by Big Pharma. It's suggested that they don't really want to find 'a final cure-all for cancer' as it'd ruin the business. No desire on my part to "character assassinate" Cancer Research, if such a thing is even possible, it being an institution and thereby lacking a "character" to besmirch. This is a widely held opinion....though I do have good personal friends who worked in medical research who tell horrific stories of rush launched drugs, improperly tested, and with deliberately 'massaged' research results. One in particular was so disgusted he left med research completely.
Without, as I said, having read much on Mw or RF health related issues yet, I am naturally deeply suspicious of an industry which seems to be trying to foist something they claim is 'perfectly harmless', though not properly long -term tested, (as did the tobacco industry) on a captive population, when it's absolutely not necessary, and the health issues are unproven either way.
If there's doubt, or more research is needed, I for one opt out, citing the precautionary principle.
It's more or less irrelevant for me personally, I have a watermill and can generate my own electricity, and I won't be needing a Mw linked water meter as I don't have mains water, so as far as I'm concerned it's a matter of principle.
It will be fascinating to see how this all pans out, but I have no wish to be part of this long term experiment.
As for the 18€ par month "non-compliance charge" allegedly 'to pay the meter man', apparently this is another bluff, it's NOT legally enforceable according to the avocat for the anti Linky movement.
I know we've never signed a contract on that basis...
Checking Dr Neil Cherry, I found this....
" Putting the research of all four together was very helpful for the Japanese. Ann Silk told Neil that her current research was on clusters of cases of Motor Neurone Disease in villages in England. She had gone around the villages and interviewed very many people. The only common factor she found among the villages was radio frequency radiation. Every cluster was in the vicinity of a cell tower, a radio or TV tower, or an amateur radio operator. Neil pointed out to her that there were seven studies which showed elevated motor neurone disease in electrical workers and three of these showed significant dose response relationships - that is the higher the exposure the higher the disease rate.
Neil explained to Ann that what she was finding among radio towers in England was not surprising because the biophysics shows that the ELF effects will be produced at a higher level and much stronger by microwave exposures at far lower mean exposure levels. For instance the biological effects of a cell tower, if it has the same field strength as the electric field in a home, are a billion times stronger on the body than is produced by the electric field in a home. Even if the exposure is 1000 times lower the effects are still a million times stronger. Therefore since the fields are actually about a million times weaker, the effects are still 1000 times higher, so instead of finding one or two cases of Motor Neurone Disease per 100,000 people you can find a cluster of about five people being diagnosed over a year in one village with a population of three or four hundred. That is about 15 or 16 per thousand which is 1600 per 100,000. This is 800 times higher than the normal expected rate."
Dr Cherry died shortly after this from....motor neurone disease; probably not helped by the time he'd spent getting real life measurments of mw emissions from three towers in San Francisco.
A Nobel nominee seems to be urging caution....
• Dr. Gerard Hyland, a physicist who was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in medicine, says, "Existing safety guidelines for cell phone towers are completely inadequate … Quite justifiably, the public remains skeptical of attempts by governments and industry to reassure them that all is well, particularly given the unethical way in which they often operate symbiotically so as to promote their own vested interests."
• According to the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center, "Studies have shown that even at low levels of this radiation, there is evidence of damage to cell tissue and DNA, and it has been linked to brain tumors, cancer, suppressed immune function, depression, miscarriage, Alzheimer's disease, and numerous other serious illnesses."
• According to Dr. W. Löscher of the Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy of the Veterinary School of Hannover in Germany, dairy cows that were kept in close proximity to a TV and cell phone tower for two years had a reduction in milk production along with increased health problems and behavioral abnormalities. In an experiment, one cow with abnormal behavior was taken away from the antenna and the behavior subsided within five days. When the cow was brought back near the antenna, the symptoms returned. http://www.neilcherry.com