FRANCE: Now, the Disarms Race

Now, the Disarms Race

The major Western powers, which have long hustled to sell their arms to the world, are now competing to peddle their visions for weapons control. French President Francois Mitterrand last week moved to upstage President Bush's recent proposal for containing the Middle East arms race with a plan covering the whole globe.

The French initiative calls for the elimination of chemical weapons, a ban ) on production of biological arms and the reduction of nuclear arsenals. As for conventional weaponry, the plan aims to establish "a balance of forces" in each region of the world, and endorses a British proposal that...

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