Epic Orphan Nuclear Weapons Dossier: France

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Greetings, secret agents! As a part of Mission Epic Orphan, our crowdfunding campaign that will help make nuclear risk game Epic Orphan a reality, we would like to share with you declassified information about countries that are actively working with nuclear weapons. This will give you an idea of some of the cases you will work on in Epic Orphan and that are currently facing our world today.

You can help us in the final days of this mission, too! See the redacted information that looks like this:           ?

Do some of your own legwork and tweet us a nuclear weapons fact that you found surprising about this country with the hashtag #EpicOrphan and link to the Kickstarter page for a chance to win passes to next year’s 2017 Games for Change Festival, the annual conference in New York City that celebrates games for social impact. Selected agents’ facts will appear in our updated dossier and will also be commended on our Twitter feed. The Festival passes will be raffled to one agent at the end of our Kickstarter campaign (November 20).

We look forward to your help! Stay tuned for additional dossiers. Good luck, agents!


Country: France
Leader: François Hollande
Nuclear weapons possession since: 1960
Number of weapons in nuclear arsenal: 300
Number that are operational: 290

Background: France has historically taken a very conservative approach to the disarmament of their nuclear complex. This attitude could arise from the strong association between the possession of nuclear weapons and feelings of national independence. The general public consensus in France is also pro-nuclear, especially since 75% of the country’s electricity is derived from nuclear energy.   

Additional findings on nuclear arsenal:

  • Total nuclear tests: 210
  • Most recent nuclear test: January 27, 1996
  • Number of nuclear weapons waiting to be retired: 10
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Known nuclear incidents:

  • French policy makers have based the country’s military and energy policies around nuclear energy. However, with their next presidential election coming April of next year, the debate of whether or not the country can afford the costs of nuclear deterrence has come up as a hot topic. (more info)
  • A recent incident in 2014 at France’s Fessenheim nuclear facility seems to be more serious than previously known. Media reports claim that the government withheld information detailing the gravity of the actual incident. (more info)
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