Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Hiroshima's Healing Hug

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Uganda Terror Trial: Five jailed for life for 2010 Al-Shabaab World Cup Bombings

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Obama in Hiroshima and Austria's close call (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

French labour strikes, raids on Google and McDonald's (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Ukraine: Searching for missing people in Donbass

Read more

REVISITED

Video: What remains of the Gezi movement in Turkey?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Euro 2016: France readies for kick off

Read more

ENCORE!

Anne A-R : The people beyond the numbers: A photographic manifesto from the migrant trail

Read more

ENCORE!

Video: Ken Loach wins his second Palme d'Or in Cannes

Read more

France

Court denies nuclear test victims compensation

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-05-22

A Paris court of appeal has decided not to award reparations to the families of 12 former soldiers who suffered from health problems linked to nuclear tests conducted by France on Algerian soil in the 1960s.

A Paris appeal court has refused to award reparations to twelve former French service members on Thursday. They had requested compensation for serious health problems they suffered as a result of nuclear tests that France conducted in Algeria during the 1960s.

This decision upholds the initial ruling of the Commission for the Indemnification of Victims of Penal Infraction (French acronym: CIVI), who had rejected the plea on the basis that the events in question occurred prior to 1976, the limit set by law.

The plaintiffs, seven of whom are now deceased and represented in court by their families, demanded a total of approximately five million euros. Diseases suffered include cancer of the skin, blood, and kidneys.

The judgment comes just days before the French government discusses a new bill to organise reparations for the victims of 210 nuclear tests carried out in Algeria's Sahara desert and in French Polynesia between 1960 and 1996. The new legislation will be presented at a cabinet meeting next Wednesday.

About 150,000 people participated in either a civilian or a military capacity in the 210 nuclear tests – of which around 50 were done in the atmosphere.

Date created : 2009-05-22

COMMENT(S)