In the meantime, [Laurent Fabius] moved to try to repair some of the damaged relations with New Zealand. A government spokesman said that Fabius has asked the French ambassador in Wellington to inform Prime Minister David Lange of New Zealand that Fabius was distressed at how the affair had hurt relations between the two countries. But Fabius did not make the apology that was initially demanded by Lange.
Although some of the most prominent leaders on the right did not comment on the government's role in the Greenpeace bombing, some rightists insist that the Socialist government must accept full responsibility for what happened. Jean Lecanuet, president of [Valery Giscard]'s party, said that "it was implausible to believe that [Francois Mitterrand] and Premier Laurent Fabius were not informed of what was going on."
According to Le Monde, France's most influential newspaper, the decision to bomb and sink the Rainbow Warrior, an act that caused the death of a Portuguese-born photographer, was made earlier this year by [Charles Hernu], Gen. Jeannou Lacaze, who was armed forces chief of staff at the time, and Gen. Jean Saulnier, who was then Mitterrand's military aide. Any proof of Saulnier's participation in this kind of a decision might bring Mitterrand directly into the scandal.