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Anger still crackles 30 years after France bombed Greenpeace ship

Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior, which was sunk when French intelligence slipped into Auckland Harbour late on July 10, 1985 and fixed two large limpet mines to its hull, pictured on August 14, 1985Thirty years after France’s deadly bomb attack on the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand, anger still crackles in Pete Willcox’s voice when he discusses the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship. Willcox was captain of the environmental group’s converted trawler when frogmen working for French intelligence slipped into Auckland Harbour late on July 10, 1985, and fixed two large limpet mines to its hull. Portuguese photographer Fernando Pereira died in the subsequent blasts, which New Zealand’s then-prime minister David Lange described as “a sordid act of international state-backed terrorism”.

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