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France secretly upgrades capacity of nuclear arsenal

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posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 02:03 AM
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France secretly upgrades capacity of nuclear arsenal

France has secretly modified its nuclear arsenal to increase the strike range and accuracy of its weapons. The move comes weeks after President Jacques Chirac warned that states which threatened the country could face the "ultimate warning" of a nuclear retaliation.
A military source quoted yesterday by the Libération newspaper claimed France had tinkered with its nuclear weapons to improve their strike capability and make this threat more credible.

The source said there had been two major changes: the bombs can now be fired at high altitude to create an "electromagnetic impulsion" to destroy the enemy's computer and communications systems; and the number of nuclear warheads has been reduced to increase the missiles' range and precision.

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This article made me realize something. The era of mutually assured destruction is truly over...

When the old nuclear powers of the world start making "precision" nuclear bombs, it's because someone believes they might actually be used.


...guess no one thinks about escalation...




posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 02:19 AM
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This puts me on edge....for what reason would france need to upgrade it's nuclear arsenal? unless they are targeting the US? surely they wouldnt think of targeting another western country would they? especially one that has liberated them in the past....unless they intend to strike Iran...they are supporters of the recommendation to the security council



posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 04:32 AM
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Why on earth do you think they would attack the US? Not everyone is Anti America at the moment (although allies are getting thinner on the ground and the others are made to show more support). Do you not think that it is a simple matter of geopolitics?



posted on Feb, 10 2006 @ 08:55 AM
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The reason for France doing this can be found in the next statement which can be found in that article.


Libération speculates that while potential targets are "secret", it is clear they include the Middle East or Asia, and that its military contacts suggest the changes are aimed at adding "flexibility" to France's nuclear deterrent.


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Humm, I wonder what kind of evidence or information have authorities in France found that made them make this statement.




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