Keyword: Mururoa and Fangataufa atolls

Controversy over new compensation criteria for Polynesian victims of French nuclear tests

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Fifty years ago this month, France began carrying out tests of its nuclear bombs in the Pacific Ocean territory of French Polynesia. These were the first of what would become decades of atmospheric and underground nuclear explosions in total disregard for the health of the local population and environment. After years of campaigning, victims of the fallout earlier this month obtained a revision of the rigorous criteria governing financial compensation paid to those who have developed serious illnesses following the tests, and which in effect bars most from receiving any indemnity. But, as Julien Sartre reports, the move has been slammed by victims’ rights associations as simply tinkering at the edges of a shameful legal refusal to recognise the lethal damage caused by the tests.     

France urged to clean up deadly waste from its nuclear tests in Polynesia

France is called on to assume the dangerous legacy of its 193 nuclear tests carried out on the Mururoa and Fangataufa atolls between 1966 and 1996.