21 Nov 2005

French Assembly member fears cuts to funds for French Polynesia

7:55 am on 21 November 2005

A French Polynesian member of the French assembly says she fears that Paris is about to cut funding to the territory.

Beatrice Vernaudon of the opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira has told a Tahiti newspaper that the budget tabled in the assembly shows that a 2003 contract for assistance has not been renewed.

She says while there is an annual transfer of 180 million US dollars, a supplementary development allocation worth another 100 million dollars has not been approved.

Tahiti Presses quotes Mrs Vernaudon as saying France has turned off the taps to that second source of funding.

She has called on the overseas territories minister, Francois Baroin, to visit Papeete to get views on the political and social climate which she says has been affected by slowing growth.

She says a new arrangement has to be found between Paris and French Polynesia.