Inherited damage from France’s nuclear tests in Polynesia?

The lagoon of Mururoa, 1972

For 30 years, France undertook nuclear testing in its Pacific territory, French Polynesia. There were a total of 193 nuclear tests, including 41 atmospheric, that ended in 1996. These tests exposed the local population. Recent reporting by Al Jazeera focuses on the health impacts.

Investigations by one of the same researchers who just released a paper modeling fallout from all 93 above-ground U.S. atomic tests,  have revealed that the extent and exposure of the radioactive fallout was far greater than France has officially acknowledged.

Today cancer and other developmental diseases plague new generations born after the last test, potentially indicating that genetic damage to parents caused by radiation exposure, is passed to their children.

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