2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 08:51:06 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, HEALTH, GLOBAL: French soldiers and 1960s nuclear testing
French 'exposed to nuclear tests'

By Aidan Lewis
BBC News (UK)
February 16, 2010

French authorities deliberately exposed soldiers to nuclear testing in the Sahara, according to researchers citing a confidential French military report.

At least one test aimed to "study the physiological and psychological effects of nuclear arms on man", they say.

Le Parisien newspaper, which carried excerpts from the document on Tuesday, quoted the defence minister as saying he had no knowledge of the report.

Some soldiers say they were made ill by French tests dating back to the 1960s.

They have complained for decades that they were given insufficient protection from radioactive fallout during testing, with some claiming they were used as "guinea pigs".

After long denying any responsibility, the French government drew up a bill last year to compensate veterans for health problems that could be linked to the tests.


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