France is standing firm Monday in the face of international and domestic criticism of its naval confrontation with a Greenpeace protest ship.
The prime minister said the French government will apply the law and the Rainbow Warrior had broken the law.
The symbol of the French empire, now much reduced but still making waves in the South Pacific.
The mid-ocean storming of the Greenpeace ship by French navy commandos was the talk of Paris and captured the headlines.
Prime Minister Alain Juppe defended the Navy's tactics, which came after Greenpeace was warned that force would be used if it ventured into French territorial waters.
Juppe told a Paris news conference France was justified in using force to stop the Rainbow Warrior after it illegally entered the 12-mile exclusion zone around the Mururoa atoll where nuclear tests are scheduled to begin in September.
French will ensure that the measures she's decided on will be respected to the extent that the law is respected in her territorial waters.
SUPER CAPTION: Prime Minister Alain Juppe
Opposition leaders have called on the government to shelve its testing plans.
Even so, the Socialist party which lost to President Jacques Chirac in May, said French forces were justified in seizing the ship.
We think it's not a problem of form and probably the French Navy was in the right. We think it's more a problem of background and the real problem is the decision of the president of the Republic Jacques Chirac with the nuclear test and we ask him to go back on this decision because it is a wrong decision for France and for the international situation.
SUPER CAPTION: Jean Glavany, Socialist Party spokesman
The Socialists have said nuclear testing makes no sense from a political, diplomatic or military point of view.
The president of French Polynesia, visiting Paris, said he would ensure territorial cooperation on the South Pacific atoll.
Greenpeace always acts illegally and wants to penetrate the territorial waters - forbidden I repeat - and so they put themselves in the wrong and they were therefore taken control of which is absolutely normal. I consider that the French army was rather indulgent because we didn't need to let them enter our territorial waters.
SUPER CAPTION: Gaston Flosse, president French Polynesia
At the Cafe Edgar where politicians lunch talk of the incident accompanied the red wine and pomme frites.
As a French MP and as a Frenchman, I say that Chirac is right to provide France with this dissuasion force and it's for that reason that I support him in every way that I can do so.
SUPER CAPTION: Gaston Flosse
Parisians seemed to be of mixed mind on the commandos' raid.
SOUNDBITE: (French and English)
I think it's an obligation for the army to defend the territory. I think this act is normal but I don't agree with nuclear testing.
Quite right, quite right. There is a law, there is another law they should apply the law for everybody.
Boarding the ship, I don't know. But I'm against the atomic test.
I can tell you that Chirac shouldn't have done that.
SUPER CAPTION: Vox pops
Chirac's predecessor, Socialist Francois Mitterrand, launched the global testing moratorium in 1992. So far only China has resumed testing.