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Mitterrand Government Facing Political Scandal Over Sinking of Greenpeace Ship
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Aug 17, 1985
Start Page: 5
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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Additional embarrassment could be in store. At a crowded news conference in Paris on Friday, David McTaggart, the Canadian who heads Greenpeace, the anti-war and environmentalist organization, announced that another ship, the Greenpeace, would take the place of the Rainbow Warrior at the head of a convoy steaming toward the French nuclear testing site at Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific in late September as a protest against French nuclear testing.

New Zealand police are also looking for three Frenchmen who were seen in a sailboat near the Rainbow Warrior before the bombing. L'Express described them as frogmen from the school in Corsica. The police were also looking for a second Frenchwoman, who had infiltrated the Greenpeace organization in Auckland to gather material about the Rainbow Warrior. L'Express said she, too, was a French spy.

The news accounts made it evident that the attack was not the act of some rightist vigilantes but a sophisticated operation by the French intelligence service. It is not clear why the government might have wanted the Rainbow Warrior sunk. The press has suggested various motives, the most persuasive that French intelligence officials feared the Rainbow Warrior had sophisticated equipment for monitoring a French neutron bomb test. This has been denied by Greenpeace.

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