Nuclear testing victims in French Polynesia still waiting

1:59 pm on 27 January 2016

The Nuclear Workers' Association in French Polynesia says a recent French state council decision on nuclear compensation is a communication trick and nothing has changed for the victims.

Roland Oldham, head of Mururoa e Tatou

Roland Oldham, head of Mururoa e Tatou Photo: RNZ / Walter Zweifel

The Association Moruroa e tatou seeks compensation for workers who say they experienced health problems after being exposed to radiation from French nuclear weapons testing at Mururoa.

The state is now required to prove that the military provided sufficient contamination protection, unlike in the past when the victim had to prove they had been exposed to radiation.

The Association's President, Roland Oldham, says the cost is still prohibitive, and this is just another tactic by the French Government to avoid compensation.

"That mean, that us, the victims, have to pay an expert, a scientist, to bring up the proof that it's really come from the nuclear tests. Which mean, there will be, no compensation. Because the victim don't have the money to get the expert to prove differently from what the Ministy of Defence prove."

Mr Oldham says the victims will die before they receive any compensation.