Cameron, Sarkozy to sign treaty of nuclear test

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Paris, Nov 2: British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will sign a treaty on Tuesday, Nov 2 in London that will bring the two countries a close defence cooperation and test the safety of their nuclear arsenals in France, the French presidency announced.

A nuclear simulation centre will be built at Valduc in eastern France, about 45 km northwest of the city of Dijon, and start operating from 2014, the presidency said.

"The two countries will also include the creation of a joint force and sharing of aircraft carriers," it said.

The cooperation, described as unprecedented, would be conducted "in total respect of the independence of deterrent powers of the two countries," it said.

A British official said the joint facilities will combine scientific and engineering talent, and maximize the mutual economic benefit, while also promising considerable savings as expensive equipment would be shared.

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