Ultime-avertissement meaning

(French nuclear policy) The recourse to the use of limited, sub- or prestrategic, tactical nuclear strikes as part of a nuclear deterrent, constituting a “final warning” and the last measure before strategic nuclear bombardment; also, such a strike.
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Origin of ultime-avertissement

  • First attested as l’ultime avertissement in 1988 and as ultime avertissement in 1989; Borrowing from French: ultime (“final”) + avertissement (“warning”).

    From Wiktionary