All major nations are making shifts towards cleaner power, some at a quicker pace than others. It is very good that France is not going to be using coal-fired plants anymore, but I'm not sure they have the influence that will mean other rich nations follow suit, they will need to show financial benefits to probably cause that to happen.
Yes, other countries will likely follow France in ending coal-fired power plants. With concerns about global warming and the environment increasing, countries will be forced to look at the steps they can take to decrease emissions. Ending coal-fired power plants is a good first step and probably needs to happen before 2023.
Yes, other countries will follow the example of France by discontinuing coal-fired power plants. Coal as an energy source is especially harmful to the environment. While it is true that the coal industry employs many people in several disadvantaged reasons, we must switch our energy sources to other forms of fuel.
Compared to nuclear power, coal power is safe. There are a lot of ways that coal power plants deal with pollution and plant grass and trees to cover the ash that they produce. Nuclear power has a lot more risks with meltdowns. Green power is unreliable. Coal is the easiest and safest to produce.