Chirac's Foreign Affairs

The then French Prime Minister oversees a deal to build the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq — dubbed Ochirac in honor of his close involvement in negotiations.

June 1995
After 18 years as mayor of Paris, newly elected President Chirac tunes up France's own force de frappe by resuming nuclear tests in the South Pacific. After fierce condemnation at home and abroad, Chirac terminates the testing ahead of schedule.

June 1995
Putting France at the forefront of efforts to halt Serb aggression, Chirac launches the Franco-British Rapid Reaction Force to help break...

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