22 Oct 2018

International Court unlikely to accept French Polynesia nuclear case

From , 6:03 am on 22 October 2018

An expert in international law says French Polynesian groups who have filed a complaint against France in the International Criminal Court are unlikely to succeed.

Last week, the French Polynesian independence leader Oscar Temaru told a UN committee that a complaint for crimes against humanity was lodged earlier this month.

France says it will defend itself in the case.

Joris Larik, a specialist in the International Criminal Court at Leiden University in The Netherlands, told Jamie Tahana the case is unlikely to get very far.

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