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The Role of France in the Prohibition of Nuclear Tests

As the first and only nuclear power to irreversibly dismantle its nuclear test site, France has a unique role to play in convincing other states to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

GCSP Senior Programme Advisor Mr Marc Finaud, with fellow author Mr Jean-Marie Collin, writes on continued necessity for the treaty, which was adopted by the United Nations over 20 years ago in 1996 but has still not entered into force because of a lack of ratification. 

Since France and its fellow members of the Non-Proliferation Treaty purport to view nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation as a key responsibility, they must continue to push for ratification and entry into force of the CTBT. While the CTBT alone will not create a world free of nuclear weapons, it will be a decisive step as the world begins negotiations for such a world this year.


>> Read the full article here (in French)