In a document to be published Wednesday, ten experts consider inconclusive the links between exposure to ionizing radiation and pathologies such as thyroid cancer or malignant hemopathies.
One of the main antinuclear associations in French Polynesia, association 193, regretted on Tuesday February 23 the publication of an Inserm report on the health consequences of nuclear tests, likening it to “Negationism”. In this report, to be published on Wednesday, ten experts brought together by Inserm believe that the results of studies carried out in French Polynesia “Are insufficient to make a solid conclusion on the links between exposure to ionizing radiation from fallout from atmospheric nuclear tests in French Polynesia and the occurrence” pathologies such as thyroid cancer or hematologic malignancies.
“This report does not add anything new, it is the continuity of a negation of reality. 193 nuclear tests are the equivalent of 800 Hiroshima bombs: to say that there were no effects is denial ”, declared the father Auguste Uebe-Carlson, president of 193. This association militates in particular for a better compensation of the victims of the tests. Beyond the health effects of nuclear tests, association 193 is worried about a reinterpretation of history, for example within the Memory Center, which should see the light of day in Tahiti after a commitment from President François Hollande. “The Memory Center will become a place where we will find this kind of affirmation on own tests, it will be the place of a single word”, worries Father Uebe-Carlson.
Considering all the lies that there have been, one can wonder if these conclusions are not a new lie, even if they are scientists from Inserm and not the State. “
Moetai Brotherson, deputy and executive of the Polynesian independence party
The Inserm report brought together 1,200 studies relating to Polynesia, but also to other nuclear test sites. “Among the documents studied, there are a few which come from the Roaring Twenties when everything related to nuclear power was entirely controlled by the army”, regretted the deputy Moetai Brotherson, part of the Polynesian independence party. Historian Jean-Marc Regnault regrets “Regressions on the opening of military archives” that feed the “doubts” activists on the sincerity of the study. “Taking into account all the lies that there have been, one can wonder if these conclusions are not a new lie, even if they are scientists from Inserm and not the State”.
Jean-Marc Regnault recalls that other scientific studies, such as those of CRIIRAD (Commission for Independent Research and Information on Radioactivity), have reached different conclusions from the same documents and that the State authorities , like François Hollande, have also recognized the health consequences of nuclear tests. Polynesian separatists and anti-nuclear associations are leading a common fight for better compensation for victims of radio-induced diseases. They fear that this report is a brake on claims for compensation.