Tahiti nuclear compo process to resume

1:19 pm on 13 September 2017

The process to compensate Tahiti's victims of France's nuclear weapons tests is expected to resume by the end of the month.

Picture taken in 1971, showing a nuclear explosion in Mururoa atoll.

Picture taken in 1971, showing a nuclear explosion in Mururoa atoll. Photo: AFP

The French president Emmanuel Macron has signed a decree to appoint two new members for the nuclear compensation commission, CIVEN, to make it operational again.

In July, CIVEN lost six of its nine members when they resigned in response to a law change governing its work.

With two magistrates now appointed to join CIVEN it has the minimum five members to deal with the claims.

The French government elected this year said it was on the side of the test victims and would revisit all the claims which had been rejected.

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs