France as a Nuclear Power
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Reviews the history of France’s development as a nuclear power from 1945 to the present. National support for a nuclear capability did not emanate from purely military interests, but political considerations also. It was hoped that with such a force France would be able to implement independent policy as well as benefit from a position of equality in NATO. DeGaulle’s Force de Frappe is described, and France as the nth power is discussed.
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