20 Sep 2018

Tahiti court orders nuke test compo

10:31 am on 20 September 2018

The administrative court in French Polynesia has ordered the French state to pay more than $US110,000 in compensation to a former military officer.

View of the advanced recording base PEA "Denise" on Moruroa atoll, where French forces have conducted nuclear weapon tests until 1996.

Remnants of the testing infrastructure on Moruroa atoll Photo: AFP

The man had developed several cancers after serving on Hao atoll between 1966 and 1971.

During his stays a total of 19 nuclear weapons tests were carried out at Fangataufa and Moruroa.

In 2011, he sought compensation under the provisions of a new law introduced nine years ago but the compensation commission as well as the defence ministry rejected his applications.

Tahiti-infos reported that in 2013 he turned to the administrative court which two years later ordered the French state to pay him a preliminary sum of $US20,000.

Experts have now determine the final figure of more than $US110,000.

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