(PARIS, France.) Pacific Nuclear Test Report: France’s junior defence minister Genevieve Darrieussecq has denied her country engaged in a “state cover-up” to conceal the extent of the impact of nuclear tests conducted by the country in the Pacific between 1966 and 1996 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.04: Speaking following the conclusion of a two-day roundtable meeting, Darrieussecq declared that “there was no state cover-up,” rejecting allegations France sought to conceal the extent of the fallout from the nuclear tests, and ruling out any official apology.

#AceDailyNews says RT News has reported that ‘ No state cover-up’: French government refuses to apologize over Pacific nuclear test radiation levels and in 1998 IAEA REPORT: The Radiological Situation at the Atolls of Mururoa And Fangataufa discuss the effects of nuclear tests at the South Pacific Atolls An International Conference on the Radiological Situation at the Atolls of Mururoa and Fangataufa will take place at the Vienna International Centre from 30 June to 3 July 1998. Convened by the IAEA, the Conference will scrutinize the results of a recent Study on the radiological conditions at the atolls.

2 Jul, 2021 13:27 

‘No state cover-up’: French government refuses to apologize over Pacific nuclear test radiation levels

The event had been arranged by France’s President Emmanuel Macron to confront the legacy of the 193 nuclear tests at Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls in the Pacific Ocean, between 1966 and 1996. The sites remain inaccessible to this day and only 63 civilians have received compensation for being exposed to radiation from the tests.

Earlier this year, after examining thousands of declassified documents about the nuclear tests, an investigation by media outlet Disclose claimed that “French authorities have concealed the true impact of nuclear testing.”

Macron personally attended the meeting on Thursday but he did not issue a public statement about the event or the allegations around France’s actions:

Edouard Fritch, the president of French Polynesia, expressed disappointment at the reluctance of Paris officials to make amends for the nuclear tests or to acknowledge the full scale of the impact. “We felt that the president of the republic had a real desire to turn this painful page for all of us, with the resources that will need to be put in place in the future, so that Polynesians can rebuild the faith that we have always had in France,” Fritch said, after the two-day event.

Previously, France has accepted that the tests did have some “impact,”with then-president Francois Hollande recognizing the effect it had on the health of residents and the regional environment. However, he defended the decision to conduct the tests, claiming “France would not have nuclear weapons and therefore would not have a nuclear deterrent” without them.

The atolls, narrow rims of coral reef jutting a few metres above the ocean, located in French Polynesia in the middle of the South Pacific, were the site of nearly 200 nuclear tests carried out by France from 1966 until January 1996, when all French nuclear testing ceased. The Government of France requested the IAEA to undertake the Study in 1995. The IAEA in turn set up an International Advisory Committee of eminent scientists from various countries to supervise the Study. Fifty five experts external to the IAEA and 18 scientific laboratories co-ordinated by the IAEA’s two laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria, and Monaco, participated in the assessment. In total, 22 States and 3 international organizations were involved in the Study.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: July.04: 2021:

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