This Day in History: December 27

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France Concludes Nuclear Weapons Tests

December 27, 1995

France Concludes Nuclear Weapons Tests

France concludes a series of nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific. In a controversial move, French President Jacques Chirac had lifted a moratorium on testing. Most countries test weapons with computer simulations instead of actual bomb drops, but France claimed that tests that had been suspended several years earlier left the country without sufficient data to conduct future tests on computers.