Mikhail Gorbachev: A New Nuclear Arms Race Has Begun
Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan signing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty at the White House, 8 December 1987.
25 Oct. 2018
Over 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan and I signed in Washington the United States-Soviet Treaty on the elimination of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles. For the first time in history, two classes of nuclear weapons were to be eliminated and destroyed.
This was a first step. It was followed in 1991 by the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, (...)
Letter to President Macron: The Paris Peace Forum and the Question of Disarmament
Saintes, 31 October 2018
Monsieur le Président,
For the centenary of the Armistice of 1918 you will soon inaugurate the Paris Peace Forum, which you set up for 11-13 November. ACDN would have liked to have a stand at it, so as to publicise the project we have pursued since 1996: a referendum on France’s participation in the abolition of nuclear weapons. But the fee of 2000 euros required of all exhibitors deterred us. AXA or BNP-Paribas (the bank that invests 7 billion dollars into (...)
The next Pluri-annual Energy Programme is unacceptable. Let’s have an alternative one!
On October 24, after a ministerial meeting which was to discuss the issue, President Macron summoned that « energy actors » (leaders of the chief energy industries, EDF, Engie, CEA, etc.), for a dinner of « énergéticiens » during which he was to lay out his sovereign intentions concerning the PPE (Programmation Pluriannuelle de l’Energie, in English the Pluri-annual Energy Programme), a plan to set goals and stages for France’s energy policies over the coming ten years.
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