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May 22, 1963

RESEARCH MEMORANDUM RFE-40 FROM THOMAS L. HUGHES TO THE ACTING SECRETARY, 'A FRENCH NUCLEAR TESTING SITE IN THE PACIFIC? – PLANS AND REPERCUSSIONS'

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    France’s staging of atmospheric and underground tests in Algeria became increasingly untenable when neighboring African countries protested and even temporarily broke diplomatic relations with Paris. Once Algeria became independent in 1962, French authorities made plans to develop a test site in Polynesia.
    "Research Memorandum RFE-40 from Thomas L. Hughes to the Acting Secretary, 'A French Nuclear Testing Site in the Pacific? – Plans and Repercussions'," May 22, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RG 59, Entry UD-UP 131, INR/DDR, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Reports Coordination and Review Staff, Research Memoranda, 1961-1963, box 141, RFE-40-RM. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134051
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