18 May 2006

French Polynesian MP criticises France over nuclear history

8:00 pm on 18 May 2006

The French Polynesian government council on the consequences of nuclear testing says the French are not transparent enough when it comes to dealing with their nuclear history in the region.

This comes as French government representative, Marcel Jurien de la Graviere, visits the territory to discuss the consequences of French nuclear testing with local officials.

A government MP, who is also a member of the council, Tea Hirshon, says the representative did not give them a list of all former nuclear workers.

She says they have received the exact location of nuclear waste disposals, but no commitment to a major nuclear waste clean-up.

"At first he refused saying that they have done the clean-up there. And we said, no you haven't done it well, it needs to be redone again. Same with the health issue. When we discussed the financing of the cancer [study], he said he is not able to speak about finances."