France recognises nuclear tests were 'put upon' Polynesian islands

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The lower and upper houses of the French parliament this week adopted a reform of the organic law defining the new semi-autonomous status of French Polynesia, a territory of archipelagos and atolls in the mid-South Pacific Ocean, and in the process recognised in a formal text for the very first time the highly sensitive issue of the human and environmental consequences of three decades of France’s nuclear bomb tests there, 23 years after the last of the explosions was triggered.