Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

French Demonstrators Criticise French Nuclear Missile Tests

Anti-nuclear missile protestors, France. Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Muller and AFP.
by Staff Writers
Biscarosse France (AFP) Sep 23, 2006
More than 1,000 French anti-nuclear protestors demonstrated at a military centre in western France on Saturday at their country's plans to test a new M51 ballistic missile. The demonstrators, dressed as yellow missiles, said they wanted to carry out a citizens' inspection of the missile, charging plans to test it at the centre near Biscarosse in the Bay of Biscay were in stark contradiction with France's role in pressuring Iran over its nuclear programme.

"In the absence of UN controls it is the role of the citizens to see if this weapon (the M51 missile) is in contradition or not with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty," said the chief of Greenpeace in France, Pascal Husting.

Demonstrators said 2,000 people had turned out for the action, while police put the number at half that.

The M51 is French navy's future submarine-launched ballistic missile. It is scheduled to enter service in 2010 and is expected to be operated by the French navy.

The action comes after Chirac, whose country is one of six major powers trying to negotiate a solution to the nuclear row with Iran, put forward a compromise formula at the UN Security Council for resolving the dispute without having to impose sanctions on Tehran.

"I have come to show my opposition to the logic of over-arming and denounce the doublespeak of the president of the republic who, as soon as he leaves the United Nations podium advocates the overarming of France," French Green deputy Noel Mamere said.

"France is encouraging the development of atomic weapons and is therefore giving pretexts to Iran to continue to escape," Stephane Lhomme, national spokesman for the "Sortir du nucleaire" group charged.

Iran has so far refused to abandon uranium enrichment, saying its nuclear programme is solely for the purpose of electricity production.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at

North Korea Losing Ground Militarily Says US Pacific Commander
Washington (AFP) Sep 22, 2006
North Korea's comparative military strength has dwindled to the point that it could not sustain an invasion of South Korea for long, the commander of US forces in the Pacific said Friday. "I'm hard pressed to come up with a rational rationale for an invasion of the south," Admiral William Fallon said. "The trend lines are just going in completely opposite directions day by day."

  • Mideast Woes Alarm Growing Number Of US Foreign Policy Analysts
  • Should Russia Claim Great Power Status
  • China Urges Abe To Properly Handle History
  • China Supports Establishment Of Effective Global Partnership

  • North Korea Losing Ground Militarily Says US Pacific Commander
  • Iran Warns Of Lightning Response To Any Attack
  • Blair Accused Of Stifling Nuclear Debate On ICBM Replacements
  • French Demonstrators Criticise French Nuclear Missile Tests

  • BAE Systems Inertial Measurement Unit Selected For New Air-to-air Missile
  • South Korea Develops Cruise Missile
  • Norway Fires Its First Raytheon-Built Evolved SeaSparrow Missile
  • Australia Signs Contract For JASSM Follow On Standoff Weapon

  • A Dream Month For Ballistic Missile Defense
  • US Navy Certifies Latest Version Of Aegis Missile Defense System
  • Raytheon-SAIC Team Selected For NATO Theater BMD Work
  • TEAMSAIC Selected For NATO Active Layered Theater BMD Support Contract

  • European Aerospace Industry Set To Enter Russia
  • L-3 AVISYS Extends Its Civil Aircraft Self-Protection Systems Offerings
  • Fiber Optics Poised to Reach New Heights On Airplanes
  • Boeing, Chinese Carriers Finalize Orders for Next-Generation 737s

  • Andaman Seeks Drones For Surveillance Of Tropical Archipelago
  • UAV Catches Anti-Iraqi Forces Mortar Team
  • Scientists Test Unmanned Aerial Systems Refueling
  • Reaper Moniker Given To MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

  • Thomas Hobbes Was Right Anarchy Does Not Work
  • Iraq Study A Long Way From Over
  • US Holds Iraqi Journalist For Five Months
  • US Commander Sees No Need To Ask For More Troops In Iraq

  • Mighty F-35 Lightning 2 Engine Roars To Life
  • Imaging Devices Drive Booming EO Systems Market
  • Northrop Grumman Gets Order For More Electronic Attack Systems
  • Raytheon-BAE Systems Bofors' Excalibur Closer to Fielding

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement