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Nicolas Sarkozy Cuts Nuclear Weapons

Sarkozy Slashes Nukes By 33 Percent

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced he is cutting the number of France's airborne nuclear warheads by one-third. The cuts will leave France with fewer than 300 missiles, half of their stockpile from the Cold War. He added that despite the cuts, France is committed to a nuclear weapon's program as a "life insurance" policy.

In a speech dedicating a new nuclear submarine (called the Terrible) Sarkozy said, "by giving this information, France is fully transparent since it has no other weapons than those in its operational stocks. Moreover, I confirm that none of our weapons are targeted at anybody."

Are you impressed by this bold assertion? Is this an example the rest of the world should follow? Is he compromising French safety, or should other nuclear countries adopt similar plans?


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raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
With France no longer reliable as a military ally, whatever will we do?
ashopaholic ashopaholic 9 years
Gotta love Sarkozy.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
If France were the only country on the planet who possessed nuclear weapons. President Sarkozy's announcement that his country now has less than 300 war heads wouldn't mean a bit of difference to me when it would only take one to cause devastating destruction to life, environment, economy and impact future generations. I'm not sure if it has any merit but I always wondered about the Geneva Convention agreement as it related to nuclear weapons. According to the agreement if I'm not mistaken countries are not suppose to target non-military targets. There for any civilian casualties would be collateral. However, nuclear weapons target civilian centers all over the world.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
Great vid Mellybean.. I dont believe this make them vulnerable, and I agree the whole world should follow suit.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Melly, love that video... cannot tell you how many times I've said "wtf mate?"
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
Knowing Sarkozy, while we all focus on this statement, he's probably doing something even bigger or more meaningful without us realizing it.
mellybean mellybean 9 years
Wow, Sarko. If only everyone else could follow suit the world would be a much happier, safer place. although this talk to the french and nukes of reminds me of the end of the world short... "but i am le tired" "well, have a nap. AND ZEN FIRE ZE MISSILES!"
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