French Polynesians Seek A Reckoning On Nuclear Testing As Macron Visits Islands

French Polynesians Seek A Reckoning On Nuclear Testing As Macron Visits Islands

French President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure to apologize for the devastating legacy of decades of nuclear testing in French Polynesia

Andrew H. Sweet

Macron is visiting French Polynesia, an archipelago of more than 100 islands, for the first time since being elected in 2017.

The French president is expected to address the consequences of the 193 nuclear tests France conducted on the atolls of Moruroa and Fangataufa from 1966 to 1996.

Many developed cancer in the years after the tests were conducted and are hoping for a meaningful gesture from Macron as they struggle to secure compensation.

France wants to repair its troubled relationship with the territory despite a history that continues to poison relations.

The defense ministry has stated that it is committed to "allowing all Polynesians to access their history, archives and health data with full transparency, to know what happened during this period" without divulging confidential details.

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