7 Dec 2016

France's National Front wants to settle Tahiti nuclear debt

4:42 pm on 7 December 2016

France's National Front says France should assume full responsibility for the nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific and settle claims with a lump sum payment.

Deputy leader of France's National Front Louis Aliot

Deputy leader of France's National Front Louis Aliot Photo: AFP

The party's deputy leader Louis Aliot told media in Tahiti that the chapter needed to be closed in the best possible manner.

Mr Aliot, who was on an overseas territories tour to promote the party's presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, also said independence wasn't viable for French Polynesia which he said needs the protection of France.

French far-right Front National (FN) party president, member of European Parliament and candidate for France's 2017 presidential election, Marine Le Pen.

National Front leader Marine Le Pen Photo: Richard BOUHET / AFP

Mr Aliot said the French navy struggles to protect the overseas marine area which allows France to be the world's second biggest sea power.

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