30 Apr 2009

French Polynesian MPs unhappy with nuclear workers' bill

10:44 am on 30 April 2009

A French Polynesian politician says local MPs plan to make a submission to the French Assembly to show their dissatisfaction with a nuclear workers' bill.

France tested nuclear weapons in the territory for 30 years until 1996.

In March, the French government has drawn up a bill to compensate, for the first time, victims of nuclear testing.

MP Sabrina Birk says local politicians are unhappy with a number of points outlined in this bill.

"We have quite a few changes to do in this law and to submit it to the French parliament. Today it's the victims that have to prove that it was the bomb that caused the sickness. We want it to be presumed that the nuclear testing caused the illness."

Sabrina Birk says the funds set aside for the workers are so small that it won't compensate them fully.