2 Jul 2009

Mururoa veterans unimpressed by French nuke compo bill

7:07 pm on 2 July 2009

The president of the Moruroa e Tatou nuclear test veterans association in French Polynesia, Roland Oldham, says the compensation bill passed this week by the French National Assembly is not fair to the victims.

The bill aims at compensating veterans whose health has been affected by nuclear weapon tests in French Polynesia and Algeria between 1960 and 1996.

But Mr Oldham says workers who developed thyroid cancers won't be entitled to compensation, and the bill states that there were no victims between 1974 and 1996 because the nuclear tests were conducted underground in a safe manner.

Mr Oldham says he is not confident all the victims will get compensation.

"If we reach a hundred persons that will be very, very much. There is no transparency. It's all controlled by the ministry of defence. If they really want to do something to give justice to the people, this should be transparent."

Roland Oldham

The bill is now to go to the French senate.