12 Oct 2009

Call for French government to broaden proposed compensation for nuclear test victims

6:37 am on 12 October 2009

The French Polynesian nuclear test veterans want the French government to broaden the proposed compensation for test victims.

A bill considering assistance for those affected by the weapons tests has been passed by the French Assembly and is this week to be debated in the Senate.

The head of French Polynesia's veterans organisation, Roland Oldham, says they want to put their case to the French public.

"We'll also be present in the Senate on the 14th with some Polynesian people that live in Paris. We want the French government to see that we are here that we exist and they are not to decide the way they want 20,000 kilometres from Polynesia, and they decide what they want for Polynesian people. That's not what we want."