The caretaker president of French Polynesia, Gaston Flosse, has
acknowledged that he may have annoyed French officials by inaugurating a square
in Papeete which is named after President Jacques Chirac.
Under French rules, a street or square can only be named after a person
once the individual has been dead for five years.
Mr Flosse proceeded to open the waterfront square which includes
underground parking for 280 vehicles.
The site was completed at a cost of 17 million US dollars before the
Tahiti by-election two weeks ago but its inauguration has come just days
before Mr Flosse is compelled to abandon the presidency.
His government lost a no-confidence vote last week and fresh
presidential elections will be held tomorrow if at least 35 of
the assembly's 57 members are present.
Mr Flosse won't be a candidate - his Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has
nominated Gaston Tong Sang to stand against the Union For Democracy's Oscar