In July 1985, the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior berthed in the port of Auckland, New Zealand. She was preparing for a journey to Moruroa Atoll to protest against France’s nuclear testing program in the Pacific. But the ship never left the harbour. On 10 July French secret service agents attached two bombs to the hull of the Rainbow Warrior and sank the vessel. A Greenpeace photographer, 35-year-old Fernando Pereira, was drowned in his cabin. Later investigations revealed that the French government was responsible for the attack. Charles Hernu, France’s defense minister at the time, and French president François Mitterrand knew of the Auckland plot beforehand. The attack was carried out by order of the French government.