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I love France and French people generally and I try and get to France at every opportunity. OK, so the Gitanes aren’t great for one’s health in enclosed public spaces, and you have to traverse public footpaths with some care on account of the high preponderance of dog turds that litter the pavements, but these things I can put up with because the French culture and lifestyle suit me so well. What never ceases to shock and stun me about this country, however, is its utterly appalling and quite reprehensible lack of concern for those on the receiving end of ill-conceived nuclear policy. The Rainbow Warrior fiasco will never be forgotten, nor too will the nuclear tests carried out the Pacific. The latest debacle surrounding the Clemenceau is also likely to stick in the memory banks for some time to come. This time it’s asbestos.