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Emmanuel Macron no `walking flower' -- images of French president buried in garlands fake
The many garlands put around Macron's neck covered him to his chest. However, images subsequently shared on social media showed the garlands covering his entire upper body, including his torso and arms, and reaching until his knees. The doctored images garnered thousands of retweets on Twitter.

But Macron was almost buried under garlands of flowers and seashells, this time when visiting the atoll of Manihi in the Tuamotu Archipelago (Euronews).

He also visited the Marquesas islands, an isolated archipelago 1300 km north of Tahiti :

Macron backs Marquesas UNESCO bid - Fiji Times

The French president Emmanuel Macron says he will endorse a bid by French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The archipelago has been lobbying for years to be part of France's UNESCO heritage.

Making the first presidential visit to the Marquesas, Mr Macron told the crowd at his reception to be proud to be Marquisian, Polynesian and French.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 08:13:16 PM EST
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The most important topic during Macron's visit to French Polynesia: the health effects of the 193 nuclear tests carried out on the atoll of Moruroa, between 1966 and 1996.

France owes a debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests, says Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said France was in debt to French Polynesia over nuclear tests that were conducted in the Pacific territory in the 1960s and 1970s.

Speaking in Papeete on Tuesday, Macron said: "I want to break the silence today to make the whole truth heard so it is shared and so the whole world knows exactly what was done and what was known, and what is known today. Everything, everything. I take responsibility and I want truth and transparency with you."

Paris carried out 193 nuclear tests, of which 41 were above the ground, at the atolls of Moruroa and Fangataufa in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1996 as part of its nuclear weapons development programme.

Macron added that France "owes a debt to French Polynesia", admitting that "we absolutely cannot say that they [nuclear tests] were clean - no".
New revelations

In March this year, a groundbreaking report revealed the extent of harm caused to the local population by the tests.

The study, called the Moruroa Files, took two years to be completed and was a collaboration between the French media NGO Disclose, British environmental justice research collective Interprt, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Science & Global Security programme at Princeton University.

Disclose: Moruroa Files

by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 06:58:30 PM EST
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