Environmentalists Protest France's Nuclear Testing

Associated Press

Environmentalists opposed to France's nuclear tests in the South Pacific swamped the main post office Saturday with hundreds of bundles of petitions addressed to President Jacques Chirac.

Worldwide, nations condemned the underground blast Friday on Mururoa atoll in French Polynesia--France's third nuclear test in a series that began in September. On Thursday, Chirac said there probably will be six tests in all, down from eight as originally planned.

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