France’s nuclear tests in Algeria: A poisonous legacy
21 March 2022 | 7:06 am
The signing of the Évian Accords on March 18, 1962 paved the way for Algerian independence in July of that year. But the agreements included a clause that allowed France to continue carrying out nuclear tests in the Algerian desert, causing vast radioactive contamination of land and air. Sixty years later, the victims have not been properly compensated and the extent of the damage not properly assessed. FRANCE 24's Karim Yahiaoui and Jennie Shin report.
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