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๐Ÿ”— Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

๐Ÿ”— France ๐Ÿ”— Military history ๐Ÿ”— Terrorism ๐Ÿ”— New Zealand ๐Ÿ”— Military history/Intelligence ๐Ÿ”— Military history/Maritime warfare ๐Ÿ”— Military history/French military history ๐Ÿ”— Shipwrecks ๐Ÿ”— New Zealand/New Zealand politics ๐Ÿ”— Military history/European military history

The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, codenamed Opรฉration Satanique, was a bombing operation by the "action" branch of the French foreign intelligence services, the Direction gรฉnรฉrale de la sรฉcuritรฉ extรฉrieure (DGSE), carried out on 10 July 1985. During the operation, two operatives sank the flagship of the Greenpeace fleet, the Rainbow Warrior, at the Port of Auckland in New Zealand on its way to a protest against a planned French nuclear test in Moruroa. Fernando Pereira, a photographer, drowned on the sinking ship.

France initially denied responsibility, but two French agents were captured by New Zealand Police and charged with arson, conspiracy to commit arson, willful damage, and murder. As the truth came out, the scandal resulted in the resignation of the French Defence Minister Charles Hernu. The two agents pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to ten years in prison. They spent a little over two years confined to the French island of Hao before being freed by the French government.

Several political figures, including then New Zealand Prime Minister David Lange, have referred to the bombing as an act of terrorism or state-sponsored terrorism.

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