This colour film of the French atomic blast in the South Pacific on June 12 has just been made available by the French authorities.
CU Man on deck looks towards area of bomb to be blasted
SV Crews on ship PAN TO helicopter
CU Clock and French flag on mast
LV Bomb exploded
SCU Crews on ship watch (2 shots)
GV Nuclear cloud
Initials BB/2214 TH-WLW/PN/BB/2211
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Background: This colour film of the French atomic blast in the South Pacific on June 12 has just been made available by the French authorities. The same film was serviced in black and white only on June 15 (Prod. No. 6787/71; EX LONDON) for speedy coverage.
SYNOPSIS: This colour film of the recent French atomic blast in the South pacific has just been released. The explosion was one of the current series of atomic tests of "middle power" devices. The series, in which six or eight nuclear bombs will be exploded, is to test weapons due for service during the next four or five years. This particular blast, which was about half a megaton, is intended for use in nuclear submarines.
There has been bitter criticism of the current test series by New Zealand. Prime Minister Keith Holyoake last month told the French Government that atmospheric tests like this one conflicted with the 1963 partial test ban treaty. But the French authorities have claimed that fall-out is limited, and said they wee happy with the results of the tests so far.