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French court dismisses Chernobyl nuclear fallout case after 10 years via RFI

A Paris appeal court has dismissed a case by French citizens who believed their health had been damaged by the radioactive cloud that crossed Europe after Ukraine’s 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The ruling comes amid growing opposition to nuclear power after Japan’s Fukushima accident.

After 10 years of legal wrangling, the court ruled that there was no scientific proof that the Chernobyl accident had any effect in France.

Several hundred people, mainly in eastern France and Corsica, had taken out a class action suit against the government after suffering from troubles with their thyroid glands, a classic symptom of radioactive contamination.

The court’s decision “will leave a bitter taste”, their lawyer, Benard Fau, declared Wednesday, promising to take the case to the final appeals court.

Anti-nuclear campaigners promised to demonstrate against the ruling, as well as France’s current nuclear programme, on 15 October.

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