Tahiti court orders nuke test compensation

Remnants of the testing infrastructure on Moruroa atoll. Photo: AFP

PAPE’ETE, 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The administrative court in French Polynesia has ordered the French state to pay more than US$110,000 in compensation to a former military officer.

The man had developed several cancers after serving on Hao atoll between 1966 and 1971.

During his stays a total of 19 nuclear weapons tests were carried out at Fangataufa and Moruroa.

In 2011, he sought compensation under the provisions of a new law introduced nine years ago but the compensation commission as well as the defence ministry rejected his applications.

Tahiti-infos reported that in 2013 he turned to the administrative court which two years later ordered the French state to pay him a preliminary sum of US$20,000.

Experts have now determine the final figure of more than US$110,000.

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