3 Nov 2004

French government to receive delegation of Temaru supporters

2:42 pm on 3 November 2004

The French government says the minister in charge of overseas territories, Brigitte Girardin, will receive a delegation of the ousted Oscar Temaru-led coalition government of French Polynesia.

The delegation, which has been in France since last week, is led by Nicole Bouteau who has been seeking a meeting with President Jacques Chirac in a bid to persuade him to dissolve the territorial assembly.

She says he holds the key to resolve the political crisis which erupted nearly a month ago when an MP of the Temaru camp supported a motion of no confidence brought by Mr Chirac's long-standing political ally, Gaston Flosse.

Mrs Girardin says the government is awaiting the outcome of supreme court rulings on rival cases brought by the Mr Temaru and Mr Flosse.

A delegation representing the Flosse camp has arrived in Paris to explain its position in the stand-off.