Visnews filmed Jan 26 French Minister Soustelle at the opening of a new atomic study centre at Grenoble.
Visnews filmed Jan 26 French Minister Soustelle at the opening of a new atomic study centre at Grenoble. He was welcomed by Francois Perrin, head of France's Atomic Energy Commission.
M. Soustelle, virtually deputy Prime Minister, is responsible among other things for atomic energy and space research development.
With him at the centre were Defence Minister Pierre Guillaumat and Interior Minister Jean Berthoin.
The Centre set in magnificent countryside at the confluence of the Rivers Drac and Isere and with a backcloth of the Western Alps, will be one of the training establishments of France's future
atomic experts, and ranks with Saclay near Paris, Chatillon and Fontenay-aux-Roses, adding to France's prestige as a rising nuclear power.
Minister Soustelle at the opening looked on it as the desire of the nation to keep its place among the leading groups of atomic Powers. He also emphasized the importance of the peaceful aspects of the work of the French Atomic Energy Commission.
The Centre is linked with Grenoble University as well as with industry in the area. One of the principles of the Commission is to decentralize nuclear effort and research.
The first stone at the Centre was laid late 1956. According to the French, they have beaten the European speed record for building atomic research laboratories.
The director of the Centre, Louis Neel, was one of the leading experts who found a way to neutralize German magnetic sea mines at the beginning of World War Two. The three hundred technicians at the Centre will be increased to 500 to advance atomic research. The Centre has eleven laboratories and an atomic pile called Melusine with a normal power of 1200 kilowatts.
One of the study projects will be to advance the study of refining petrol by a process of atomic radiation.