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Journey of Mr Botha minister of Defence of the South Africa Republic to the Centre d'essais des Landes Firing Center from June 8 to 10, 1969

Fiche Numéro 19292

Numéro
19292
Date
Mardi 10 juin 1969
Aaaammjj
19690610
Titre
Journey of Mr Botha minister of Defence of the South Africa Republic to the Centre d'essais des Landes Firing Center from June 8 to 10, 1969
Taille
4622146 octets
Nb. pages
17
Fonds d'archives
HVV
Type
Rapport
Langue
EN
Résumé
The French connection facilitated through the beehive on the Seine was central to Pretoria’s war efforts during the sanctions period, but these connections went much further back. PW Botha, South African Defence Minister and later Prime Minister, was central to this relationship. From an itinerary dated 8 to 10 June 1969 and entitled Journey of Mr Botha, we know that he joined French arms company Thompson CSF in the South of France to test missiles and taste wine. The visit, organised by Thompson, saw its chairman P Richard, PW Botha, and generals and ambassadors from both countries stay together at the Hotel La Reserve just outside Bordeaux. By day, they tested the new Cactus missile which Thomson CSF had developed with help from South Africa. By night they retired to wine tasting and celebrations of their collaboration. The apartheid government needed weapons and the French arms industry needed money – thus started a long-term alliance, the repercussions of which we still feel today.