France a Scandal That Refuses to Die

The government struggles to defuse the Greenpeace debacle

The worst political crisis to hit the four-year-old government of Socialist President Francois Mitterrand seemed to be turning into a nightmare. For weeks French officials had denied charges that the Paris government was directly involved in the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, flagship of the Greenpeace environmental movement, in Auckland, New Zealand, last July 10. Nonetheless, a police investigation in New Zealand and a stream of press revelations in France steadily increased suspicions that Mitterrand and his advisers had indeed played a role in the affair. Early last week, after forcing the resignations of France's Defense Minister and its head of...

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