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  • February 11, 1949

    Confidential Letter from Homi J. Bhabha to Frédéric Joliot-Curie

    Homi Bhabha, Chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission, informs Joliot-Curie, French High Commissioner for Atomic Energy, that the Indian government has decided to set up a factory for processing monazite and has selected a French firm to develop the factory.

  • June 21, 1949

    Secret Letter from Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar to Frédéric Joliot-Curie

    Indian scientist S.S. Bhatnagar informs Joliot-Curie, the French High Commissioner for Atomic Energy, about plans for the training of Indian chemists in France in preparation for development of a plant in India for processing monazite salts.

  • January 16, 1950

    Minutes of a Special Meeting of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission

    The Indian Atomic Energy Commission meets with the French High Commissioner for Atomic Energy Joliot-Curie to discuss nuclear cooperation between India and France.

  • January 17, 1950

    Minutes of a Special Meeting of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission

    Joliot-Curie, French High Commissioner for Atomic Energy, offers to share technical information with India on the purification of uranium, graphite reprocessing and designs of a low power reactor in exchange for India’s export to France of thorium, beryllium and mineral oil for the manufacture of graphite.

  • July 02, 1950

    Jules Guéron, Record of Discussions with Homi J. Bhabha in London

    Notes from discussions with Homi Bhabha, Chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission, to negotiate the contract for nuclear cooperation between India and France.

  • August 24, 1951

    Letter from the French Foreign Ministry to the UK Embassy in Paris on the Franco-Indian Reactor Agreement

    The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports that an agreement has been signed for cooperation between India and France for nuclear research.

  • October 30, 1951

    Letter from UK Embassy in Paris to London on Franco-Indian agreement

    British Ambassador Oliver Harvey reports a conversation with the Director of the French Atomic Energy Commission Jules Guéron on the details of Franco-Indian nuclear cooperation.

  • January 25, 1952

    Letter from John D. Cockcroft to Homi J. Bhabha

    John D. Cockcroft, head of the British Atomic Energy Research Establishment, writes to Homi J. Bhabha, Chairman of the Indian Atomic Energy Commission, informing him that the British will not be assisting India with its beryllium experiements since India has already made agreements with the French Atomic Energy project.

  • May 18, 1955

    Minutes of the Meetings on 22 and 25 April 1955 at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the direction of Mr. Massigli

    This collection of minutes details a dicussion on the possiblity of an extension and futher integration of European politics and economies.

  • May 14, 1956

    Letter from Louis Joxe to Christian Pineau, French Minister of Foreign Affairs

    This letter to Christian Pineau describes the proposed subordination of Euratom to the common market.

  • October 21, 1956

    Proposal of the Euratom Experts Concerning the Dissemination of Military Knowledge

    This proposal from the French delegation describes the potential military uses for atomic energy.

  • November 09, 1956

    Note by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Economic Cooperation

    This note describes panel discussions, which took place on the visit of Chancellor Adenauer to Paris, helping to reach an agreement on outstanding issues regarding Euratom.

  • February 25, 1959

    Information Note by Theodor Vogelaar of Legal Services of European Executive, 'Defining the Scope of the Euratom Treaty - Peaceful and Military'

    This information note to the members of the Commission lays out the peaceful and military limits to the scope of the Euratom Treaty.

  • 1960

    Replacement of Natural Uranium with Enriched Uranium: Will France Build American or English Nuclear Power Plants?

    South African Foreign Affairs memorandum analyzing France's power strategy and comparing benefits in the use of natural uranium vs. enriched uranium in nuclear power plants.

  • October 29, 1965

    Secretary for Foreign Affairs to Ambassador to France, 'Visit to South Africa – Prof. Francis Perrin'

    Request to make arrangements for French physicist Francis Perrin's visit to South Africa.

  • January 24, 1966

    South African Ambassador to France to Secretary for Foreign Affairs, 'Shipping of U.S.A. Plutonium to France'

    Ambassador Kotze reports that a French Foreign Ministry official stated that plutonium is shipped from the United States to France for civil research purposes.

  • October 19, 1966

    South African Chargé d’Affaires in Paris to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, 'Mr Robert Hirsch – Invitation to Visit South Africa'

    The South African Embassy in Paris requests more information about invitations extended to French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) administrator Robert Hirsch, as well as Bertrand Goldschmidt and Jacques Mabile.

  • October 31, 1966

    Secretary for Foreign Affairs to South African Ambassador to France, 'Mr Robert Hirsch – Invitation to Visit South Africa'

    Details about invitations and timing of Robert Hirsch and Bertrand Goldschmidt's visit to South Africa in November.

  • September 06, 1967

    Director-General of South African Atomic Energy Board to Secretary for Foreign Affairs

    Roux approves of the proposed collaboration agreement with the French Atomic Energy Commission.

  • November 03, 1967

    Chairman of the South African Atomic Energy Board to Secretary for Foreign Affairs

    Roux sends two possible letter replies to Robert Hirsch, administrator of the French Atomic Energy Commission.