Payouts for radiation victims of French nuclear tests
The French parliament has passed a law to compensate victims of nuclear tests in Algeria and the South Pacific, a response to decades of complaints by people sickened by radiation. The law cleared the French Senate on Tuesday, its final legislative hurdle following approval in the National Assembly in June. France ”can at last close a chapter of its history”, the Defence Minister, Herve Morin, said. He called the law ”just, rigorous and balanced”. However, some victims’ groups in the South Pacific said the law did not go far enough. Radio New Zealand reported that there were protest marches across several islands in French Polynesia this week. Churches and political parties said the law was inadequate as it was too restrictive.