• Short Summary

    France resolved on Wednesday (21 June) to push ahead with its nuclear tests in the South pacific, despite widespread international pressure to abandon them.

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    France resolved on Wednesday (21 June) to push ahead with its nuclear tests in the South pacific, despite widespread international pressure to abandon them.

    After a cabinet meeting, called by President Pompidou, a government spokesman said, "A new series of nuclear tests will begin at Murorea Atoll in the Pacific, France has assured all governments concerned that no danger is involved."
    New Zealand and Australia, 4,000 miles (6,400 kms) west of the test site, have each seen some violent anti-French protests. Demonstrators threatened the life of Roger London, French consul in Melbourne. A firebomb attack gutted a French airline office in Auckland and the French embassy in Wellington was the victim of a telephoned bomb threat.

    Protestors also gathered outside the Australian Atomic Energy Commission establishment in Sydney on Tuesday (20 June). The demonstrators were protesting against the French nuclear tests and what they said was the lack of firmness in Australia's attitude. Inside, French Ambassador Gabriel Van Laethem and Australian Prime Minister McMahon, spoke at a ceremony opening new equipment at the establishment.

    The French nuclear tests were discussed by both men, as seen in this Australian Broadcasting Commission film -- satellited to London for syndication.

    It is not yet known when France will begin the new series of nuclear tests in the Pacific. Reports from Paris on Monday indicated that the tests were due to start on Tuesday (20 June), but so far no testing has been carried out.

    SYNOPSIS: Protests against the upcoming series of French nuclear tests in the South Pacific continued in Sydney on Tuesday, outside an Australian Atomic Energy Commission establishment. Inside, French Ambassador Gabriel Van Laethem and Australian Prime Minister William McMahon commented on the tests. First, Ambassador Laethem.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA55JEVB3MRCFR1XQDN0Q8APSZK
    Media URN:
    VLVA55JEVB3MRCFR1XQDN0Q8APSZK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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