|On February 15, 2006, the French President Mr. Jacques Chirac ordered 'Le Clemenceau', the decommissioned warship that was en route to India for dismantling, back to France. Environmental activists were jubilant as they hailed the French President's decision as evidence of the effectiveness of their campaign against the warship being brought to India.
Le Clemenceau, once the pride of the French fleet, was retired from its services by the French government in the year 1997. Generally a sailing vessel used for any purpose, be it commercial or defense, offered a service life of approximately 23 years, after which it was considered unsafe for sailing purpose and was dismantled. Since 1997, Clemenceau lay anchored off the French coast, as the French authorities could not find a bidder to purchase and dismantle the carrier...
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