FRANCE: Bombs Away

The latest series of French nuclear tests in the South Pacific, Australia's liberal daily the Australian declared last week, was "committed by a national leadership which displays the moral sense of a gang of street bashers." The words were blunter than most, but the sentiment was echoed around much of the world. After the French detonated their first bomb of the series two weeks ago at the lonely atoll of Mururoa, about 750 miles southeast of Tahiti, Peru broke off diplomatic relations with France. Last week 13 other nations, including Australia, Japan and Canada, sent protests to Paris.

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