18 Jul 2017

French nuclear weapons tests labelled crime against humanity

From , 5:04 am on 18 July 2017

French Polynesia's pro-independence opposition claims France was aware its nuclear weapons tests were harmful while professing that they were clean.

The Tavini Huiraatira Party says this amounts to a crime against humanity which it wants to take to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva.

This comes after French Polynesia's Protestant church last year announced it would take France to the International Criminal Court over the legacy of the weapons tests.

A Tavini politician Richard Tuheiava spoke to Walter Zweifel about his party's petition on the issue.

Richard Tuheiava in 2008

Richard Tuheiava Photo: AFP