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Chirac Nuclear Comments Draw Ire in Europe

President Jacques Chirac drew scorching criticism in Europe on Friday for suggesting France would consider a nuclear response to state-sponsored terrorism. Chirac’s headline-grabbing comments in a speech Thursday sent a warning to countries like Iran and sought to nip in the bud domestic debate about whether deeply indebted France still needs its expensive nuclear deterrent in the post-Cold War world. The French leader, with his second and probably final term nearing its end, laid out an updated doctrine for France’s military might for the 21st century amid the threat of terrorism. Full Story

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