France will not give up its nuclear weapons because doing so would jeopardise the country’s “security and safety”, President Nicolas Sarkozy has said.
“A virtual world where there would be no nuclear weapons… everyone would applaud that, but I cannot jeopardise the security and safety of my country,” Xinhua quoted Sarkozy as saying on the sidelines of a nuclear summit Monday.
“I have inherited the legacy of the efforts made by my predecessors to build up arms as a nuclear power. And I could not give up nuclear weapons, insofar as I wasn’t sure that the world is a stable and safe place,” he told CBS News here.
“I will not give up that nuclear weapon because it underpins my country’s security. I will not do so on a unilateral basis, in a world as dangerous as the one in which we live in today,” Sarkozy said.