4 Jun 2008

French parliamentarians to jointly address nuclear compensation issues

11:56 am on 4 June 2008

Reports from Paris say the members of the French assembly and the senate are set to endorse a common draft law to deal with the legacy of the nuclear weapons tests carried out in French Polynesia.

French radio says the proposal is to be backed by all parties amid a continued refusal by the French defence ministry to acknowledge a link between the atmospheric atomic tests and veterans pointing at health problems.

The plan is to formulate a text which would recognise the same treatment of those affected by the tests, including former French military personnel and French Polynesian test site workers.

The government's rejection of any causal links comes despite 27 different French court rulings that recognised an individual's complaint that health problems were the result of the weapons tests.