dated March 18, 1955: France to make H-bomb

M. Edgar Faure, French Prime Minister, announced in Paris on March 16 that France would make the hydrogen bomb - either alone or in conjunction with other European nations. At a press conference he was replying to a question about what he intended to do in view of Britain's decision to have her own hydrogen bomb. He said: "It seems clear that soon there will be two classes of nations -- those with nuclear weapons and those without. Those without are in danger of being driven into a lower rank of the powers than those `aristocratic' nations who have the weapon. My Government therefore proposes to consider the position from the French point of view. We shall reject the purely negative solution. Either France must decide to make her own nuclear weapons or she must evolve a formula for making them in conjunction with some of her European allies."

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