12 Feb 2015

France directed to meet nuclear compo appeal

7:29 pm on 12 February 2015

A Tahiti court has directed the Ministry of Defence to offer compensation to the widow of a former electrician who worked at France's Pacific nuclear test sites in French Polynesia.

The applicant says her husband, who died in 1983 of lung cancer, should have been compensated as recommended by the Compensation Committtee for the victims of the tests.

The Ministry of Defence has twice previously rejected the widow's appeals.

It considered the possibility the tests caused the man's cancer was negligible but the Papeete Administrative Court rejects this.

It is also ordering the State to pay the widow's legal costs.