France, Britain to test nuclear arsenals together

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The leaders of France and Britain will sign Tuesday a treaty that will see the two countries test their nuclear arsenals in a joint facility in France, the French presidency announced.

A nuclear simulation centre will be built at Valduc in eastern France, about 45 kilometres (30 miles) northwest of the city of Dijon, and will start operating from 2014, the presidency said in a statement.

It will enable French and British scientists to model the performances of nuclear materials to ensure the "viability, safety and security in the long term of our nuclear arsenals," it said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will sign agreements in London Tuesday for unprecedented defence cooperation.

They will include the creation of a joint military force and sharing of aircraft carriers.

© 2010 AFP

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