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Rainbow Warrior bombing !! British MEP congratulates France for Rainbow Warrior bombing !!

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Published on Feb 7, 2010

A British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has been filmed at last year's climate change summit in Copenhagen congratulating the French for bombing the Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior.

Godfrey Bloom's comment has prompted outrage from the environmental group, which has accused him of "celebrating" the death of Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira during the 1985 incident in Auckland.

But Bloom yesterday said he had forgotten one man was killed and the French secret service agents were convicted of manslaughter after the bombing, the Guardian newspaper reported.

The former Tory cabinet minister, and MEP for Yorkshire had also earlier said climate change was "a stinking ruse to put cash and power into the hands of political elites".

Bloom was filmed posing in front of the present Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior II, during the climate summit at the Copenhagen harbour.

In the footage, he said: "Here we have one of the most truly fascist boats since 1945...Well done the French for sinking one of these things. Vive la France."

But when asked whether he regretted his statements given the death of Fernando Pereira in the bombing, Bloom first said he did not know a man had been killed, then said he had forgotten.

The video appeared to have been uploaded to Bloom's YouTube channel Goddersvision on December 16 during the last days of the summit, but was later taken down.

However, the "politics magazine and discussion" blog Liberal Conspiracy obtained and uploaded a copy of the video to YouTube.

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