Controversy over new compensation criteria for Polynesian victims of French nuclear tests


In July 1966, France carried out the first of what would be a long series of nuclear weapons tests in the south Pacific territory of French Polynesia with an explosion in the lagoon of the Mururoa Atoll. Dozens of atmospheric explosions were carried out there and on the neighbouring Fangataufa Atoll until the tests were moved underground during the 1970s.  The testing programme was finally ended in 1996.

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