In France there is very little domestic debate concerning nuclear policy, arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation. In a 1983 study entitled ‘Looking for the French peace movement’,1 the French peace movement was described as ‘very limited’ and consisting of ‘small groups of militants’. The majority of the French peace movement organisations are non-profit-making associations (‘Loi 1901’ in French law) or ‘umbrella groups’. Certain organisations are the French branches of an international movement (such as MIR, ECOROPA). In addition to these organisations, the PCF (French Communist Party) calls for demonstrations for peace against the French nuclear tests. Another group (‘L’Appel des Cent’) organises national demonstrations against the French military nuclear policy. A major non-communist trade union (CFDT) asks its members to reflect on the dangers of the nuclear industry.


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    ‘A la recherche du mouvement frangais pour la paix’ par D. Collard, J. Fontanel, J. F. Guilhaudis; ‘Defense et sécurité’, supplement no. 2 of ARES, published by CEDSI, University of Grenoble, 1983.Google Scholar
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    United Nations General Assembly, 24 September 1986.Google Scholar
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    General Conference of IAEA, 29 September 1986.Google Scholar
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    See speech of Mr Jean-Pierre Capron (fn. 3).Google Scholar
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    Journal Officie?, 21 January 1986, pp. 1061–3.Google Scholar
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    Speech by President Frangois Mitterrand before the 38th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, 28 September 1983 (editor’s translation).Google Scholar
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    From the speech of Mr Gilles Curien, French Ambassador, Canberra, Parliamentary Forum, 26 September 1986.Google Scholar
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    Report of a New Zealand, Australian and Papua New Guinea Scientific Mission to Mururoa Atoll (Wellington: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1984), p. 38.Google Scholar

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