Jean-Claude Hervieux was at the heart of French nuclear tests in Algeria. The engineer witnessed nine out of 17 shots, and kept dozens of photos. From 1957 to 1967, two bases were installed in the Sahara. On site, during the first shots, the French army will study the impact of the bomb. “We saw, around the zero point, a whole tangle of waste” , explains Jean-Claude Hervieux . In 1966, France dismantled its facilities. Before leaving, the soldiers bury planes contaminated with radioactivity in the sand, at a shallow depth. In Lyon (Rhône) , the ICAN association and the armaments observatory had access to a secret defense file which highlights the presence of material buried in the Sahara. 54 years after the last shot, the amount of waste and its location are still unknown.
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