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Old January 19th, 2006, 10:03 AM   #1
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France defends right to nuclear reply to terrorism

By Elizabeth Pineau from Reuters

France said on Thursday it would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state that carried out a terrorist attack against it, reaffirming the need for its nuclear deterrent.

Deflecting criticism of France's costly nuclear arms program, President Jacques Chirac said security came at a price and France must be able to hit back hard at a hostile state's centers of power and its "capacity to act."

He said there was no change in France's overall policy, which rules out the use of nuclear weapons in a military conflict. But his speech pointed to a change of emphasis to underline the growing threat France perceives from terrorism.

"The leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us, as well as those who would consider using in one way or another weapons of mass destruction, must understand that they would lay themselves open to a firm and adapted response on our part," Chirac said during a visit to a nuclear submarine base in northwestern France.

"This response could be a conventional one. It could also be of a different kind."

Chirac, who is commander-in-chief of the armed forces, said all of France's nuclear forces had been configured with the new strategy in mind and the number of nuclear warheads on French nuclear submarines had been reduced to allow targeted strikes.

It was the first time he had so clearly linked the threat of a nuclear response to a terrorist attack.

Chirac, 73, did not say whether France would be prepared to use pre-emptive strikes against a country it saw as a threat.

SECURITY TIGHT

France has had nuclear weapons since the 1960s and experts believe it has some 300 nuclear warheads.

"Against a regional power, our choice would not be between inaction or annihilation," Chirac said in his first major speech on France's nuclear arms strategy since 2001.

"The flexibility and reactivity of our strategic forces would enable us to exercise our response directly against its centers of power and its capacity to act."

France has tightened security since Islamist suicide bombers killed more than 50 people in attacks on London transport last July, and following the Madrid bomb blasts which killed more than 190 people in March 2004.

Despite its strong opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, France remains a target for Islamist militants because of its intelligence links with the United States and Britain.

Last July, national police service chief Michel Gaudin said a radical Algerian Islamist group, the GSPC, had been in contact with al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, about launching attacks in France.

Since the end of the Cold War, questions have been raised about the usefulness of the nuclear program, which makes up some 10 percent of the overall defense budget.

Chirac's government is under pressure to cut spending as it struggles to bring its public deficit below the European Union's deficit limit of 3 percent of gross domestic product.

"Our country's security and its independence have their price," Chirac said.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 10:23 AM   #2
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There linked to the USA and England yet dont stand up with us . Gee i wonder why they have problems . You know the Renault came from France right ! piss on them
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Old January 19th, 2006, 12:22 PM   #3
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Yeah well, threatening something major is what got the hostages released from Iran back when Regan took office. He made it clear he was going to take action to get them freed, and Iran buckled.

Maybe this will work for them. Make the threat, and never have to use it.
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Yeah well, threatening something major is what got the hostages released from Iran back when Regan took office. He made it clear he was going to take action to get them freed, and Iran buckled.

Maybe this will work for them. Make the threat, and never have to use it.
or make the threat thinking the US will bail ther asses out once again.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 01:41 PM   #5
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the french would not respond with nukes. They are babies they didnt even want the US going in and enforcing mandates by their beloved UN. The hold the UN in such high esteem but are to cowardly to stand behind UN mandates requiring access to Iraqi WMD and chemical warfare sites. They are totally bluffing .... they are not fooling one single terrorist.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 03:11 PM   #6
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They wouldnt even attack Dearborn.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 04:38 PM   #7
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"fire ze mizzles"


anyone remember when the french lunched a nuke at the US in the simpsons?? had the "Intel inside" logo hahaha
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I have to wonder how well the Frech could even build a Bomb, look at their track record

Concord airplanes (grounded after to many crashes)
Peugoet automobiles( almost pulled out of the US because of crapy sales and to many warrenty claims)


The only thing I saw the french do that was worth while was the sinking of the Rainbow warrior.. it was getting under every countrys skin.

I still have that Frech rifle..dropped twice , never fired.
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