Veterans of French nuclear tests say they are encouraged that last week, for the first time, a French official acknowledged the tests may have carried risks.
They say they want France to move quickly to deal with their nuclear related illnesses.
The acknowledgement contrasts with the statements of the Territorial President Gaston Flosse who said there were no risks.
The veteran's association president, Roland Oldham, says they are disappointed that their Government refuses to back their concerns.
"It is very sad for a leader that has been elected by the people, that are today calling for help. It is very sad this sort of behaviour amd sort of language. He knows because we have sent him a lot of letter about this problem of illness. They all know that, but they all cover their eyes."