1 Mar 2007

French Polynesian authorities stop performances by Samoan circus troupe

11:25 am on 1 March 2007

The authorities in French Polyensia have stopped the planned performances of the Magic Circus of Samoa.

The troupe was told that the circus failed to comply with European safety regulations.

The head of the circus, Bruno Royale, expressed surprise, saying he has just completed a tour of New Zealand and wondered whether being in Papeete now meant being in Europe.

The circus was to perform in Tahiti, Raiatea and Moorea over the next seven weeks.