This Day In History


France test an atomic bomb in Algeria

Saturday, 13 February 1960
France conducted its first nuclear bomb test at Reganne, Algeria, in the Sahara desert. At the time, Algeria was a French protectorate. The test, code named Gerboise Bleue, had a yield of 60-70 kilotons. This test put France in the same atomic league with the United States, the USSR and Britain. The test would be the first of many. Despite protests from the international community and several African states, France continued its nuclear tests for years. ..
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