An Algerian minister estimated Thursday, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first French nuclear explosion in the Sahara in Algeria, that this dossier “outstanding“Had to be settled to build relationships”normal Between the two countries. Tayeb Zitouni, the minister of the Mujahideen – veterans of the war of independence against France, 1954-1962 – added that it was “an official sine qua non claim Of the Algerian state and people, according to the APS news agency.
The minister who visited the region of Reggane (south of Algeria), in the wilaya (prefecture) of Adrar, where the French nuclear tests took place, underlined that Algeria commemorated Thursday “a crime of destruction of humanity, committed against innocent people“. Adding that “this drama fits into the criminal register of colonial France, rich in crimes and massacres committed to subjugate the Algerian people“.
“The file of the French nuclear explosions in the region of Reggane and the after-effects of the radiations which still make victims, is part of four files retained in the plan of the government in its component linked to the national memory, opened between Algeria and FranceSaid Zitouni again. “This action plan Government, a program of general policy following the presidential election of December 12, was adopted Thursday evening by Algerian deputies.
On February 13, 1960, France launched at Reggane, in the Algerian desert, “Blue jerboa“, The name of his first try. A plutonium bomb with a power of 70 kilotons – three to four times that of Hiroshima – whose radioactive fallout extends to all of West Africa and to the south of Europe. Mr. Zitouni believes that “the French nuclear explosions are tangible proof of the heinous crimes committed against human rights, the Saharan environment, on which radioactivity still weighs“.
On the ground, the French authorities will assure three days after the explosion that the radioactivity is everywhere far below the accepted safety standards. However, documents declassified in 2013 will however reveal much greater radioactive fallout than those admitted at the time, extending to all of West Africa and to the south of Europe.