NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL WEAPONS
2008: France is reducing its nuclear arsenal by about 14 percent, by
withdrawing about fifty nuclear bombs (carried by Mirage 2000 or Rafale
fighter-bombers). This will leave France with about 300 nuclear weapons, half
the number it had during the Cold War. The major nuclear powers, the U.S. and
Russia, have reduced their own nuclear arsenals even more, retiring over 80
percent of their Cold War era nukes. But that still leaves the U.S. and Russia
with over 2,000 nukes each.