TROUBLE IN PARADISE

FRANCE'S NUCLEAR TEST CAUSES TAHITIAN RIOTS AND BRINGS GLOBAL CONDEMNATION

The blast was over in a nanosecond, causing no more visible effects than the momentary frothing and churning of the turquoise waters around Mururoa atoll. But the political aftershocks from France's decision to test a small nuclear device in the South Pacific last Tuesday continued to reverberate around the world long after the waves had calmed.

In Berlin 12,000 angry youths threw eggs and tomatoes at a French cultural center. In Chile 10,000 protesters formed a human chain in a Santiago park. Thousands took to the streets in Sydney and Tokyo, while demonstrators in Manila burned a French flag. Japan's Finance...

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