4 Jul 2013

Nuclear compensation should be widened - Senator

8:54 am on 4 July 2013

A member of the French senate in Tahiti says newly declassified military documents about nuclear tests on Mururoa show victim compensation should be extended to all French Polynesia.

The documents cover 46 atmospheric nuclear tests, that took place between 1966 - 1974.

They show the warships in the area were hit by higher levels of radioactivity than was previously thought.

Senator Richard Arrihau Tuheiava told Morning Report the documents strengthen the case for more compensation.

He said he always suspected the fallout from the nuclear tests was wider than the French government admitted.