REVIEW: Moruroa Files: The files, the book and the lies

Review of Toxique: Enquête sur les essais nucléaires français en Polynésie, by Sébastien Philippe and Tomas Statius

  • Ena Manuireva Auckland University of Technology
Keywords: Fangataufa, France, Mangareva, Moruroa, nuclear fallout, nuclear tests, nuclear waste, radioactivity, reviews, Tahiti, Turei

Abstract

Toxique: Enquête sur les essais nucléaires français en Polynésie, by Sébastien Philippe and Tomas Statius, and the Moruroa Files microsite. Paris: PUF/Disclose, 2021. 192 pages. ISBN 9782130814849
https://moruroa-files.org/  

THE COMBINATION of nuclear expertise (Sebastien Philippe), inquisitive journalism (Tomas Statius) and the investigative approach by Interprt (a collective of architects specialising in the forensic analysis of environmental crimes) of around 2000 declassified French government documents in 2013 called the Moruroa Files, resulted in the explosive book Toxic about what was already known to the Ma’ohi Nui (French Polynesia) people. That since 1966 (55 years ago), the French government has consistently lied about and concealed the deadly consequences of their nuclear tests, which they now seem to acknowledge (French admit nuclear test fall out, 2006), to the health of the populations and their environment.

 

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Published
30-09-2021
How to Cite
Manuireva, E. (2021). REVIEW: Moruroa Files: The files, the book and the lies: Review of Toxique: Enquête sur les essais nucléaires français en Polynésie, by Sébastien Philippe and Tomas Statius. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 27(1 & 2), 297-300. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v27i1and2.1183