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French officers view a French nuclear test carried out in Reggane, in the southern Sahara desert in 1960. Reggane was the site where the first French nuclear bomb was tested on Feb. 13, 1960 before the Algerian independence. According to the French daily Le Parisien released on Feb. 16, 2010, a group of soldiers were deliberately exposed to the radiation by the military hierarchy to test the psycholigical effects on human beings after a nuclear bomb blast. From the blasted wastes of the Sahara to the cancer wards of Normandy, the bitter fallout of France's atomic weapons program still lingers 50 years after nuclear testing began.

PHOTO: HO/AFP/Newscom/File

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