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Images: Campaign Against The Atomic Warrior

Images: Campaign Against The Atomic Warrior

NOTE: Three releases, images and links from the campaign against the sponsorship of an Americas Cup challenger by French Nuclear company Areva.

Press Release 2002-05-17:

Slides of AREVA’s scandal: STOP ATOMIC WARRIOR

In the Bay of Lorient (Brittany, France), AREVA, financial holding made of the whole nuclear industry, except waste management, is continuing its greenwashing operation through the sponsoring of the Défi Français (the “French Beat”, which is the French competitor for the America’s Cup). Even worse, the team is using Peter Blake’s former ship “Black Magic”, putting the new logo of the nuclear lobby on it.

Last week in the French newspaper Le Monde, the French team presented its sponsor as a partner who would not use Black Magic to promote its image. The Réseau “Sortir du nucléaire” (network “Nuclear phase-out”, a federation of over 600 anti-nuclear groups), proves the contrary through a photo-reportage made last week-end in the bay of Lorient. The Réseau “Sortir du nucléaire” is pleased to offer the proof of this greenwashing to the press, especially to the New-Zealander journalists.

The “Réseau” denunciates this immoral greenwashing, offending the memory of a great sailer, which was murdered in Amazon region during its world trip to watch the various places of a suffering earth. For New-Zealanders as for ecological responsible sailors, “Black Magic” is a mythic ship. It is associated to the way of life of its former captain Peter Blake. Nuclear sustainable development is an antinomy.

The French president is responsible for the republican virtues. The sabotage of the Rainbow Warrior and murder of the journalist Fernando Peirera are not republican virtues.

After the provocation made the 7th of July 1985, and more recently with the restart of the atomic tests, we expect from the French president that he prevents France from having its image once again damaged by its nuclear friendly proselytising in the whole Oceania. If a member of the previous government has found AREVA, a member of the new government can and has to find a better partner.

We ask the French state chief to find urgently another sponsor to represent France a responsible and worthy way during America’s Cup in New-Zealand.

No impunity for the nuclear lobby.

(*) Photos free of rights if source cited:


Press Release 2002-05-18:

America’s Cup: Yes To Sail, No To Nuke

One more, the nuclear lobby must recognise : nuke is not and will never be welcomed in Brittany.

With it’s 14 meters long pirogue and with kayaks of Greenpeace, the Réseau Sortir du nucléaire ”, a French network of over 600 groups, proved it’s determination to get AREVA, French world leader in the nuclear industry, out of the sponsoring of the French competitor for the America’s Cup.

This sponsoring damages deeply the image of sailors, of Brittany and France. The French State, main shareholder of AREVA, should urgently take measures so that this yacht can sail under best conditions in New-Zealand. Ce parrainage nuit gravement à l’image du monde de la mer, de la Bretagne et de la France.

Yes to sail, no to nuke.

(*) Photos free of rights (except photo12) if source cited:


Press Release 2002-05-19:

AREVA: Wind Moves Yachts… And Nuclear Clouds!

The presence of AREVA, nuclear leader in Lorient, Brittany, France and in Auckland, New-Zealand is a provocation against these two regions of the world, who were always opposed against the nuclear industry.

The communication of AREVA after the regrettable incident where a zodiac of Greenpeace touched FRA 69 proves the contempt of the nuclear lobby for public information. In 1986 the cloud of Chernobyl was supposed to have stopped at the French boundary. In 2002 their people in charge spoke shamelessly of an hole in FRA 69, taking refuge as usual in secrets to misinform about the reality of the incident.

The Réseau "Sortir du nucléaire" remembers that the true polemic about the Défi Areva (the French competitor for the America's Cup) is the usage of yachts to promote the nuclear energy: wind moves yachts and blades of wind generators but nuclear clouds too, like the cloud of Chernobyl who contaminated a whole continent.

On the 10th of July 1985, the French secret services sunk the Rainbow Warrior to prevent Greenpeace and other anti nuke activists to demonstrate against French nuclear tests. Those tests were prepared by CEA DAM. CEA Industry (French Nuclear Agency) is now a division of AREVA.

Sailing and nuclear energy are completely opposed. The passion for sailing of the French team is misused by the kings of radioactivity. AREVA is trying to use the media coverage of the America's Cup to get an "ecologically correct" image, which is a submit for a company specialised in fabrication and dissemination of nuclear wastes. The Réseau "Sortir du nucléaire" asks for a complete reorientation of AREVA and reinvestments in renewable energies, specially in wind turbines of the money spread in nuclear madness.


Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire (Network for Nuclear Phase-out)
Federation of 613 antinuclear groups
9 rue Dumenge – F-69004 LYON
Tel.: +33 (0) 4 78 28 29 22
Fax: +33 (0) 4 72 07 70 04

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