23 Feb 2012

Nuclear test veterans dismissive of French defence ministry overture

4:10 pm on 23 February 2012

The French nuclear test veterans have hit out at the defence ministry, saying it has delivered no more than an empty announcement.

This comes after the ministry said it would reassess all compensation claims related to the effects of France's nuclear weapon tests in French Polynesia and Algeria.

But the AVEN veterans' group says adding three conditions to the illnesses considered for compensation is still far off what is internationally recognised.

It also says the ministry claim about being transparent could be backed up if it declassified its documents to let the truth out.

The ministry has announced that unsuccessful applications for compensation will be revisited without the applicants needing to re-submit their files.

France carried out 210 atomic tests over 36 years, involving about 150'000 personnel.