French Polynesian nuke victims group meeting again

6:22 am on 21 September 2017

The French Polynesia body looking at the aftermath of nuclear weapons tests by France has held its first meeting since the death of its head Bruno Barrillot earlier this year.

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Photo: Tahiti-Infos

The gathering of COSCEN was to prepare a common position for the territory's discussions with Paris on how to recognise the nuclear legacy and settle claims emanating from them.

France tested 193 weapons over 30 years but denied until the beginning of this decade that the tests caused any harm to the island population.

A COSCEN member representing nuclear test victims Roland Oldham told La Depeche de Tahiti that there has always been just talk.

He said his organisation's members have been waiting too long and are dying.

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