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Le Monde - France | 06/08/2015

France can take the lead against nuclear weapons

France can play a key role in the process of nuclear disarmament, argues the centre-left daily Le Monde on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima : "Seventy years on and false truths are still rife. Nuclear bombs are still presented as our 'life insurance' or as a 'guarantee of our security and independence'. … France could be proud of itself if it took ambitious initiatives. It could invite the nuclear powers to an international conference that paves the way for a world without nuclear weapons. … France could demand that disarmament be made a top priority for the EU's common foreign and security policy. And finally within Nato it could push for the reduction of tactical US nuclear weapons in Europe and their complete withdrawal in the long term. 70 years after the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki the overwhelming majority of states would no doubt back this approach."

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