Keyword: organic law

France recognises nuclear tests were 'put upon' Polynesian islands

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The Fangataufa atoll in French Polynesia, one of the sites of 193 French nuclear bomb tests in the South Pacific. © Wikipedia The Fangataufa atoll in French Polynesia, one of the sites of 193 French nuclear bomb tests in the South Pacific. © Wikipedia

The French parliament on Thursday adopted a reform of the organic law that sets out the new measures of autonomy granted by Paris to French Polynesia. Importantly, the legislation includes, for the first time in such a text, a finely tuned recognition that the French nuclear tests were imposed on the South Pacific territory – where a total of 193 bombs were exploded underground, at sea and in the open air over three decades, beginning in 1966 – and the “radiation-induced illnesses” these have provoked. Julien Sartre reports.