10 Feb 2006

French Polynesian inquiry shows French nuke tests had major impacts on the territory

5:31 pm on 10 February 2006

A French Polynesian government commission of inquiry into the impact of nuclear testing says it had sanitary, environmental, economic and social consequences for the territory.

The inquiry has today been presented to the territorial assembly.

The French autohorities have always maintained that the above ground testing which occurred from 1966 to 1974 had not affected the population.

But the Commission head, Government MP, Tea Hirshon, says secret military documents they obtained for the years 1965 to 1967 give incontestable proof that the authorities had lied.


IN:......They certify what we always felt is that the French Government had deliberately under informed us as to the spread out of the radio fallout and the level of radioactivity that fell. So, much more fell on the country than what is officially admitted by the French Government.