The retired French warship Clemenceau has arrived back in France after a round-trip to India where it was originally due to be dismantled. France was forced to call back its vessel after Indian authorities refused to let it enter the port of Alang in February, due to concerns over hazardous toxic waste onboard.
The whole trip, which started in the southern French port of Toulon last December, is estimated to have cost France up to 12 million euros.
The environmental group Greenpeace, which waged an ongoing battle against having the vessel dismantled in India has welcomed the news. The ship, which is being placed under tight security in the port of Brest, will be undergoing tests over the coming weeks to establish how much toxic waste is left onboard before a decision is made on where it will end its days.