Visiting Polynesia in July, Emmanuel Macron acknowledged a “debt” of France towards the victims of the nuclear tests carried out there between 1966 and 1996. After decades of denial on the part of the authorities, this is a first step. Tens of thousands of people – military and civilian – suffer from radiation cancer, and only a handful of them have received compensation. While it is almost the entire Polynesian population that has been contaminated, as shown by the investigation of journalist Tomas Statius and researcher Sébastien Philippe, published in the book Toxique (ed. Puf-Disclose).
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