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France to compensate nuclear test victims

world Updated: Mar 24, 2009 16:47 IST
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The French government is offering compensation to thousands of people who suffered health problems as a result of nuclear tests in Algeria and the South Pacific.

French Defense Minister Herve Morin says it is time for France to "be at peace with itself" and recognize the consequences of the tests, carried out from 1960 to 1996.

Some 150,000 people, including civilian and military personnel, were on site for the 210 tests.

Morin announced a draft law on Tuesday allowing for compensation on a case-by-case basis. It enjoys wide political support. Victims groups have long called for compensation.

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