French Polynesia pro-independence leader slams nuclear test legacy


Oscar Temaru, campaigning ahead of independence elections in April, has said it was scandalous that France knew about the risks posed to the local population by the 193 nuclear test blasts cordered by Paris in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996, and demanded that France assume responsibility for the former workers at Moruroa who are now seeking compensation.

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French Polynesia's pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru has accused France of nuclear "racism" for testing its nuclear weapons in the Pacific, reports Radio New Zealand.