5 Jun 2013

French Polynesia nuclear test expert dismissed - report

1:41 pm on 5 June 2013

A French Polynesian newspaper reports that the head of the territory's body concerned with the aftermath of the French nuclear weapons tests has been dismissed.

The Nouvelles de Tahiti says the government, which was formed last month, has set an end to the mandate of Bruno Barrillot.

He has been involved with the testing legacy for decades.

The paper gives no reason for his dismissal nor does it say what will happen to the organisation.

France carried out weapons tests in French Polynesia for 30 years from 1966, claiming until three years ago they were clean.