27 Apr 2009

Nuke victims compensation case to be lodged in French Polynesia tomorrow

1:54 pm on 27 April 2009

A court in French Polynesia is tomorrow due to being hearing a case lodged by eight former workers at France's nuclear weapons testing sites in Mururoa and Fangataufa.

Of the eight seeking recognition of their poor health, five have already died of cancer.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The veterans association has described the court case to get compensation as historic and comes after last year's admission by France that its tests in the South Pacific were not clean as it had previously claimed. But after years of unsuccessful campaigning for recognition, there is continued mistrust among veterans. They plan a march and to sing and pray outside the court to publicise their cause. In a bid for transparency, they had asked for the court proceedings to be filmed but they were told that eight days is not enough to organise such a recording."