24 Jan 2018

Genetic mutations feared over French nuclear tests

From , 4:04 pm on 24 January 2018

Fears have been raised in French Polynesia that the French nuclear weapons test may have triggered genetic and hereditary changes among the people exposed to the blasts.

Until less than a decade ago, France claimed that its 193 tests at Moruroa and Fangataufa were clean and had no impact on human health.

An article published in France at the weekend has revived the debate about the test legacy.

Walter Zweifel reports.

Roland Oldham, head of Mururoa e Tatou

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