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France

Theft Ranking
Has Weapons-Usable Nuclear Materials
Change+1
Score81
Rank=8

Summary

France is the highest scoring nuclear-armed state and is tied for 8th, increasing its score by 1 point from 2014. France improved by strengthening regulations for cybersecurity at nuclear facilities. In the future, France’s nuclear materials security conditions could be further improved by requiring more frequent vetting of personnel and a plan to protect nuclear facilities in a natural disaster. France’s nuclear materials security conditions remain adversely affected by its high quantities of weapons-usable nuclear materials and the large number of sites at which those materials are located.


Category & Indicator Scores

Category & Indicators
Rank / Score / Δ

Quantities and Sites
39
16

Quantities of Nuclear Materials
25
=18

Sites and Transportation
17
=17

Material Production / Elimination Trends
100
=1

Security and Control Measures
+3
89
7

On-site Physical Protection
100
=1

Control and Accounting Procedures
100
=1

Insider Threat Prevention
56
=13

Physical Security During Transport
100
=1

Response Capabilities
86
=9

Cybersecurity
+25
100
=1

Global Norms
100
=1

International Legal Commitments
100
=1

Voluntary Commitments
100
=1

International Assurances
100
=1

Domestic Commitments and Capacity
96
=7

UNSCR 1540 Implementation
100
=1

Domestic Nuclear Materials Security Legislation
100
=1

Safeguards Adherence and Compliance
83
=13

Independent Regulatory Agency
100
=1

Risk Environment
71
=10

Political Stability
75
=10

Effective Governance
88
=1

Pervasiveness of Corruption
75
=8

Group(s) Interested in Illicitly Acquiring Materials
50
=7

Legend

= denotes tie in rank
Δ denotes change in score between 2014 and 2016
– denotes no change between 2014 and 2016
All countries are scored 0–100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear security conditions

Note on Scores

Indicator scores equal the sum of the subindicator scores. Scores are then normalized 0-100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear materials security conditions.