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A toxic blast from the past: How Algeria still suffers contamination from France’s nuclear legacy | The Independent (registration required)

Abdelkrim Touhami smiles. In his late seventies now, he’s had this conversation before. Nevertheless, he relaxes into his chair as, over the video screen from Tamanrasset in southern Algeria, he describes the French nuclear tests that took place close to his home and their brutal legacy that persists to this day.

In total, France carried out 17 nuclear tests between 1960 and 1967, 11 in military installations earmarked for French use after the country gained independence in 1962.

Source: A toxic blast from the past: How Algeria still suffers contamination from France’s nuclear legacy | The Independent

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