France to cut air-based nuclear arsenal by a third

March 22nd, 2008 - 11:27 am ICT by admin  

Paris, March 22 (Xinhua) French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced to slash its air-based nuclear arsenal by one-third but reiterated the country’s policy of nuclear deterrent. France will reduce the number of its air-based nuclear weapons to less than 300, while maintaining its policy of deterrent as its “life insurance”, Sarkozy said in the western coastal city of Cherbourg, Friday.

He attended the commissioning of a new nuclear ballistic missile launcher submarine (SNLE) “Le Terrible” in Cherbourg.

The new submarine is the “latest in the series of the four SNLE new generation submarines”, after Le Triomphant commissioned in 1997, Le Temeraire in 1999 and Le Vigilant in 2004, according to the French president’s office spokesman David Martinon.

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