France said on Thursday it would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state that carried out a terrorist attack against it, reaffirming the need for its nuclear deterrent.
Deflecting criticism of France's costly nuclear arms program, President Jacques Chirac said security came at a price and France must be able to hit back hard at a hostile state's centers of power and its "capacity to act."
He said there was no change in France's overall policy, which rules out the use of nuclear weapons in a military conflict. But his speech pointed to a change of emphasis to underline the growing threat France perceives from terrorism.
Scoff if you will, but France definitely has a history of bitch-slapping third-world nations and NGOs who push them around long enough and hard enough (c.f. Vietnam, Algeria, Greenpeace, &c.) If the turban twirlers managed to blow up Notre Dame or pulled of something equally spectacular, I wouldn't put it past them to glassify a country or two in response.
Via Clayton Cramer (through Instapundit).