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French President Fran├žois Hollande poses for a selfie during his visit to French Polynesia

The French president, François Hollande, recognized that the nuclear tests carried out by his country in the territories of French Polynesia until 1993 had an environmental, sanitary and social impact.
In a speech in Papetee, during a trip to French Polynesia, Hollande with this recognition took a step that should facilitate the compensation procedures that have been claimed by former workers or islanders who feel disadvantaged by these atomic tests.
"Without French Polynesia," he explained, "France would not have had the nuclear weapon and, therefore, with the deterrent force, France would remain a respected nation, but it would not have the capacity to be a fully independent nation, capable of to be heard everywhere, to be able to guarantee its territory "," That contribution that it has made through nuclear tests ", added the head of state," I want to recognize it solemnly ".

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