En el desierto argelino, tras una prueba nuclear, el ejército francés mandó una patrulla de soldados al punto cero de la explosión. Que se tumbaran boca abajo un ratito y que cerraran los ojos, a ver qué pasaba. Los soldados iban en pantalón corto y camiseta... (Se querían estudiar los efectos físicos y psicológicos de la radiación nuclear.) Varias décadas después las familias han demandado al Estado por los cánceres que provocaron.
Y en la Polinesia, lo mismo, sólo que los soldados se acercaban a bordo de una lancha... A ver si sentían el aire diferente, como más electrizado...
En total, 300 soldados hicieron de conejillos de indias por la pretendida grandeur de la France.
France deliberately exposed its soldiers to nuclear explosions in Algeria in the 1960s to study the effect of radiation on humans, it has been reported.
The French government promised last year to compensate victims of nuclear testing in Algeria, carried out between 1960 and 1966, after recognising the link between the explosions and veterans' illnesses such as cancer.
It has said the tests were conducted as safely as possible, but a French newspaper
quoting an official defence report from the period says one of the aims was 'to study the physical and psychological effect of atomic weapons on human, in order to obtain necessary elements for the physical preparation and training of morale of the modern combatant', Le Parisien quoted the report as saying.
Some veterans who worked on the experiments in Algeria, and subsequent tests on French Polynesian atolls, have said they were ordered to lie down and cover their eyes during the explosions, wearing nothing but shorts and t-shirts.
The newspaper reported that around 300 soldiers participated in the 1961 test and that patrols were ordered to enter the affected area right after the explosion and head for the point where the device was set off.
'A patrol of cross-country vehicles was ordered to carry out a raid on point zero to study the possibility of attack in a contaminated zone,' it said.