IN BRIEF: Greenpeace ship banned by French

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Greenpeace ship banned by French

Papeete - French authorities have banned the protest ship Rainbow Warrior from a 12-mile zone around the French nuclear test sites of Mururoa and Fangataufa atolls, Greenpeace said. Another decree, dated 19 April, authorises the French navy to use force to board or fire on any vessel entering the test zone. French police visited the ship in Tahiti yesterday to issue the decree, but the captain refused to sign "because the organisation did not accept the legitimacy of an arbitrary military exclusion zone invoked to prevent peaceful protest". AP