A discussion of the attitudes of the French government and parliament toward atomic weapons since their discovery and use. Part I deals with the historic development of these attitudes (e.g., those ranging from the total absence of nuclearmindedness to the growth of the atomic weapon issue in the minds of civilians and military alike). Part II describes the causes of the lag in nuclear-mindedness: the "European" controversy, the French parliamentary situation, atomic neutralism, the rules of the French political "game," feelings of incapacity, fear of public opinion, and the changes implied by an atomic arsenal. (See also RM-2954-RC.)
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