15 Mar 2010

France asked again to reconsider nuclear compensation laws

12:46 pm on 15 March 2010

A group of French Polynesian opposition politicians has written to the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, asking France to reconsider its nuclear compensation plans approved by the French legislature.

This follows consultations with the assembly in Tahiti which overwhelmingly found that the French law was inadequate because the geographic zone set out for compensation claims is too limited.

The letter has been signed by the Ia Ora Te Fenua group, which is made up of six opposition anti-independence politicians.

The group says the French laws have to reflect the victims' right to reparation following a 30-year period of French nuclear weapons tests, which the group says has fundamentally changed the islands' society.

It also points out that New Caledonia managed to enter into a partnership with Paris, but that only happened after violent confrontations.