Sixty years later, the Algerian desert region is still struggling with the consequences of French nuclear tests



In February 1960, France conducted its first nuclear test in the Algerian desert, code-named “Blue Jerboa”. Three atmospheric tests and 13 underground tests followed until 1966. The consequences for people and the environment were disastrous. More than 60 years later, the after-effects are still visible and the victims of nuclear tests are struggling to be heard. Jowharreports from both sides of the Mediterranean: with former French conscripts who have done their military service in Algeria and are trying to get compensation, and Algerians who feel abandoned.