• Short Summary

    SEVERAL LEADING FRENCH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN ATOMIC EXPERTS ARRIVE IN TAHITI ON TUESDAY (10 AUGUST) LEADING TO SPECULATION THAT FRANCE'S NEXT NUCLEAR BLAST IN THE PACIFIC NIGHT BE A HYDROGEN EXPLOSION.

  • Description

    SEVERAL LEADING FRENCH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN ATOMIC EXPERTS ARRIVE IN TAHITI ON TUESDAY (10 AUGUST) LEADING TO SPECULATION THAT FRANCE'S NEXT NUCLEAR BLAST IN THE PACIFIC NIGHT BE A HYDROGEN EXPLOSION. THIS OFFICIAL FRENCH FILM IS OF A LOWER YIELD ATOMIC BLAST AT MURUROA ATOLL, NEAR THE NERVE CENTRE OF THE FRENCH POLYNESIAN TEST SITE AT PAPEETE.

    AMONG THOSE WHO HAVE ARRIVED IN PAPEETE ARE GENERAL FRANCOIS MAURIN, ARMED FORCES CHIEF OF STAFF, GENERAL GUERNON, HEAD OF THE FRENCH NUCLEAR PROGRAMME AND M.ANDRE GIRAUD, DIRECTOR OF THE FRENCH ATOMIC AUTHORITY.

    THE PRESIDENTS OF SEVERAL PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONS ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN TAHITI SOON, ACCORDING TO REUTER REPORTS.

    SYNOPSIS: THERE IS SPECULATION THAT FRANCE'S NEXT NUCLEAR BLAST IN THE PACIFIC WHICH FOLLOWS LAST SUNDAY'S LOW INTENSITY BLAST OVER MURUROA, MIGHT BE A HYDROGEN ONE. THE CURRENT SERIES OF FRENCH BLASTS IS SCHEDULED TO INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE HYDROGEN EXPLOSION.

    THE SPECULATION ABOUT IT WAS FED ON TUESDAY WHEN SEVERAL LEADING FRENCH MILITARY AND CIVILIAN ATOMIC EXPERTS ARRIVED IN TAHITI. AMONG THEN WERE GENERAL FRANCOIS MAURIN, ARMED FORCES CHIEF OF STAFF - GENERAL GUERNON, HEAD OF THE FRENCH NUCLEAR PROGRAMME AND M.ANDRE GIRAUD, DIRECTOR OF THE FRENCH ATOMIC AUTHORITY.

    THE TESTING PROGRAMME, AIMED AT THE MINIATURIZATION OF FRENCH NUCLEAR WEAPONS, HAS LED TO PROTESTS FROM JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, AND A NUMBER OF SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES WORRIED BY POSSIBLE RADIO ACTIVE FALL-OUT. THIS BOMB WAS LOCATED IN A TOWER ON MURUROA ATOLL....
    THE NERVE CENTRE OF THE FRENCH POLYNESIAN TEST SITE IS IN PAPEETE, WHERE THE LATEST GROUP OF FRENCH VIP'S HAS NOW ARRIVED.

    (PAUSE FOR TRIGGERING OF EXPLOSION)
    THEIR ARRIVAL APPEARS TO FORESHADOW ANOTHER EXPLOSION SOON, LIKE THIS ONE OR PERHAPS BIGGER. BUT SO FAR NO DEFINITE DATE HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE BLAST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB02ZYOCZYB03FSGWXC3187D7Y
    Media URN:
    VLVAB02ZYOCZYB03FSGWXC3187D7Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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