Testing Nuclear Weapons: The French Decision

Forge, John; Myhra, Sverre
January 1996
Social Alternatives;Jan96, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p42
Academic Journal
The article discusses the official reasons behind the decision by France to undertake a series of nuclear tests at Mururoa Atoll. To see if it works at all, to see how well it works and to see whether the test confirms the underlying scientific theory are the three reasons behind a nuclear test. Taking the reliability of the French arsenal and the affirmation of the French deterrent as reasons to test is difficult to reconcile. Although France has denied that it is developing new warheads, in the context of the present tests, it is significant that the official statements imply an intention to continue development of new warheads.


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