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French general threatens to parachute onto N-test atoll

From Bernard Edinger

A retired French general who in 1957 voluntarily sacrificed a brilliant military career because of his moral principles when he protested against torture by the French Army in Algeria, has now said he may parachute onto Mururoa Atoll, in the Pacific, to stop France's planned nuclear test there.

General Jacques Paris de Bollardiere, a 65-year-old Catholic, and three companions — Fr. Jean Toulat; Jean-Marie Muller, a pacifist crusader, and Brice Lalonde, a militant opponent of nuclear tetiling — have

flown to Raratonga in the Cook Islands, where they expect to join a nuclear protest vessel.

On the way, in New Zealand, General Bollardiere said he. might consider making the jump (he is a former paratroop corn

mander) if all other efforts failed.

For those who remember the "Bollardiere Affair" during the Algerian War, taere is no doubt that he could carry out his threat.

When he arrived in Algeria in the mid-1950 to take part in the campaign against the rebels there, he was a young brigadier. general worshipped by his fellow officers and one of the most highly decorated officers in the French Army.

He said so clearly in a letter to the Minister of Defence, saying that the use of torture dishonoured those involved. He added that as a devout Catholic he could not order his men to use such methods.

Relieved of his command, he served in a number of minor African garrisons until he left the Army in 1961.

In a recent. rare interview he said he was convinced that war in our time could only turn out to be a nuclear conflict which would annihilate much of the World's population. He was taking part in the antinuclear campaign because he felt it was a first step towards total nuclear disarmament. Reuter.




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