20 Feb 2007

French Communist senators call for compensation for nuke test victims

5:08 pm on 20 February 2007

The Communist Party members of the French senate have presented a bill aimed at setting up a fund to compensate the victims of the French nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific and in Algeria.

The 23 senators propose to offer recompense for those exposed to radiation in the way help is being given to people suffering from ill-health because of exposure to asbestos.

They say many people, both civilians and military personnel, who were close to the test sites have suffered health problems, such a cancers.

The Communist politicians say the current system to lodge claims is complex and in recent years only about 20 cases have been settled to give a pension to those affected by the tests.