Chirac's Nuke Rattling Nonsense

Despite increased ill will against France--including Japanese calls for boycotting French products--President Jacques Chirac persists in his plan to test atomic weapons in the South Pacific. By now, every schoolchild knows that nuclear arms have lost most of their meaning in the post-Soviet world. The French should know this best of all. They're the leading force in trying to resolve Europe's biggest armed conflict in half a century--the war in Bosnia--and France's nuclear arsenal hasn't made the slightest impression on the participants.

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