18 Dec 2007

French Polynesia's Temaru wants televised debate with Estrosi

3:29 pm on 18 December 2007

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has told the territorial assembly that he would like ot have a live televised debate tonight with the visiting junior French minister in charge of overseas territories, Christian Estrosi.

Mr Temaru says he wants to talk about the political instability, the new organic law and the territory's reinscription on the UN list of territories to be decolonised.

The local public broadcaster, RFO, is reportedly prepared to accommodate Mr Temaru's request but has not been approached officially.

His call has been criticised by the opposition's Jean-Christophe Bouissou, who says three quarters of the voters are not interested in the decolonisation issue.

Mr Temaru stayed away from the assembly session with Mr Estrosi in October when he outlined the French reform moves that include an early general election next month.