French Polynesia Nuclear Veterans Group Chides Leaders

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Tahiti politicians allegedly assured ‘tests were clean’ by France

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 31, 2013) – French Polynesia’s nuclear test veterans organization has taken exception to comments by local top politicians that they had been guaranteed by France that its nuclear weapons tests were clean.

France carried out 193 tests in the Pacific - the last one in 1996.

Moruroa e tatou says it was French money that ensured Gaston Flosse and Edouard Fritch kept quiet when people’s health and environment were being attacked.

It says it’s hypocrisy to claim now that they’re standing up for the French Polynesia’s victims while voting in Paris for attempts to delay compensation.

Furthermore, it says, these politicians have denigrated the work of experts, which amounts to defamation.

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