Some political analysts, however, said [Laurent Fabius] may have defused the affair by insisting that he was kept in ignorance while former Defense Minister Charles Hernu and the former director of intelligence, Pierre Lacoste, concocted the scheme to bomb and sink the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand last July 10.
PHOTO: Battered warrior--The Greepeace ship Rainbow Warrior is towed by a tug Thursday across New Zealand's Auckland harbor to be returned to the environmentalist group. The converted trawler was sunk at dockside July 10 by French agents using mines. In Paris, politicians and newspapers greeted with skepticism a new government version of the bombing that puts all the blame on officials below President Francois Mitterand and Premier Laurent Fabius. / Associated Press