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French nuclear tests contaminated 110,000 in the Pacific, study finds

France concealed the real impact of its nuclear tests in the Pacific from the 1960s to the 1990s, according to a study. From a report: Researchers used declassified French military documents, calculations and testimony to reconstruct the impact of a number of tests. They estimated that around 110,000 people in French Polynesia were affected by the radioactive fallout. The number represented “almost the entire population” at the time, according to the researchers. French Polynesia, a French territory made up of hundreds of islands and atolls including Tahiti, has been the scene of dozens of nuclear tests in 30 years. In two years, the researchers analyzed nearly 2,000 documents published by the French army and recreated the impact of the “most contaminating” of French nuclear tests carried out between 1966 and 1974.

The to study was produced in collaboration between the French news site Disclose, researchers from Princeton University and the British company Interprt. The 41st test took place over Mururoa Atoll on July 17, 1974, when the atomic cloud took a different trajectory than expected. Some 42 hours after the test codenamed Centaur, “the inhabitants of Tahiti and the surrounding islands of the Windward group were subjected to significant amounts of ionizing radiation,” the report said. The region was home to 110,000 inhabitants and Tahiti’s main city, Papeete, alone had 80,000 inhabitants.

French nuclear tests contaminated 110,000 in the Pacific, study finds

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