French Polynesia Nuclear Test Veterans Seek Redress

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Moruroa e tatou leader calls on France to take responsibility

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 27, 2012) – French Polynesia’s nuclear test veterans organization has called on the territorial assembly to raise its dismay about the lack of compensation from France for its members suffering poor health.

Moruroa e tatou, which has been upset at Paris rejecting almost all claims so far, says the stance by the new Socialist leadership contradicts what was promised before the elections.

The head of Moruroa e tatou, Roland Oldham, says Francois Hollande had promised before his election that he would change the compensation law, which many have described as too restrictive.

Mr. Oldham says Tahiti’s politicians should not be so timid.

"To me it’s big lies that politicians, the government, have done to the people. And so, I’m calling on the government today to assume its responsibilities."

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