Inside the French army’s chemical and biological weapons antidote factory

By Rozenn Le Saint

In a military base not far from the city of Orleans south of Paris, a top-security factory ensures France is well-prepared for a range of chemical and biological threats. Even when there is no imminent danger some 30 million to 40 million pills are made each year – and destroyed when they pass their expiry date. Mediapart's Rozenn Le Saint was given rare access.

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When Russia began towing a ship-mounted nuclear power plant to its Arctic coast on August 23rd Greenpeace dubbed the vessel the “Floating Chernobyl”, a “nuclear Titanic” and a “disaster waiting to happen.” It is precisely for this kind of calamity that a little-known military pharmaceutical facility in north-central France was built.