Soldiers used as radiation guinea pigs by France

An excerpt published in the newspaper refers to the “Gerboise verte”, code name for the test firings of April 25, 1961. It states that the experiment “should allow for a study of the physiological and psychological effects of atomic weaponry on humans, with the goal obtaining the necessary elements to prepare physically and morally for modern combat.”

Soldiers deliberately exposed to nuclear tests, says report According to the Tuesday edition of the French daily Parisian, a confidential military report proves that soldiers were deliberately exposed to nuclear tests that France conducted in Algeria in the 1960s. By FRANCE 24 17 July 12

A brief history of France’s nuclear testing in Algeria:

February 13, 1960: The date of the first French atomic bomb tests,
dubbed “Gerboise bleue,” goes off in the Algerian Sahara desert near
an oasis town called Reggane. This was to be followed by Gerboise
blanche, and Gerboise rouge. The last of them was called Gerboise
verte, and was detonated on April 25, 1961.

November 7, 1961: The Reggane site is abandoned in favour of In Ecker,
also in the Sahara. This time, the explosions are underground and
number 13 in total.

France conducted a total of 210 nuclear tests in the Algerian Sahara
and in French Polynesia.

Source – Le Parisien, February 16, 2010

Soldiers were deliberately exposed to nuclear tests conducted by
France in Algeria during the 1960s to “study the physiological and
psychological effects of atomic weaponry on humans,” according to a
report exposed by the French daily Le Parisian on Tuesday.

The “confidential report”, entitled “The beginnings of the
organization and experimentations in the Sahara” were drafted “by one
or several military personnel” and “dated 1998” after the tests had
ceased, according to Le Parisien.

An excerpt published in the newspaper refers to the “Gerboise verte”, code name for the test firings of April 25, 1961. It states that the experiment “should allow for a study of the physiological and psychological effects of atomic weaponry on humans, with the goal obtaining the necessary elements to prepare physically and morally for modern combat.”

Defence Minister Hervé Morin said in an interview with Le Parisien
that he had no knowledge of this report, saying that he only become
aware of it because of information that came to light during a trial
in which victims’ families demanded reparations.”…
http://www.france24.com/en/20100216-soldiers-deliberately-exposed-nuclear-tests-says-report

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