Hollande to review compensation for nuclear tests in French Polynesia

French President Francois Hollande recognized the environmental and health impacts of nuclear tests conducted for 30 years in French Polynesia, saying that the compensation process for victims will be reviewed.

"I recognize that the nuclear tests carried out between 1966 and 1996 in French Polynesia had an environmental impact [and] provoked health consequences," French media Tuesday quoted Hollande as saying during a visit to Tahiti.

Soldiers and civilians who worked close to the site of the 193 atomic tests have sought compensation for the dangers they were exposed to - including heightened levels of radiation - for years. But the compensation process, which started in 2010, has been marred by delays and limited payouts to applicants.

"Without French Polynesia, France would not now have nuclear weapons, and thus the force of deterrence," Hollande said.

He was visiting Tahiti before continuing his state trip to Latin America, with planned visits to Argentina, Uruguay and Peru.

Last update: Tue, 23/02/2016 - 13:09

More from Europe

Italy police arrest seven linked to online global paedophile network

Seven paedophiles linked to a global online network that counted tens of thousands of affiliates have been arrested...

Turkey now top 10 destination for German arms amid refugee crisis

Turkey has jumped into the top 10 in the rankings of destinations for German arms exports as Ankara responds to...

EU proposes corporate tax reforms to cut red tape, tackle abuse

The European Commission unveiled proposals Tuesday aimed at streamlining corporate tax rules across EU member states...

EU Parliament lifts Le Pen immunity over alleged racial slur

The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of France's far-right...

Sweden lowers projection for number of asylum seekers in 2016

Tighter border checks introduced by the European Union and individual European states were Tuesday cited as the main...