1 Sep 2005

France told it must recognise its nuclear history in French Polynesia

6:58 pm on 1 September 2005

The head of a French Polynesian Government inquiry into nuclear testing, Tea Hirshon, says France must recognise the nuclear history it has with the territory.

The French High Commission and the opposition have taken legal action to stop the government's inquiry into the effects of nuclear testing.

However, the administrative tribunal in French Polynesia has rejected the appeals of opposition party Tahoeraa Huiraatira yesterday to stop the commission's work.

Tea Hirshon says the commission is requesting information from President Jacques Chirac, as well as politicians in France and French Polynesia.