4 Mar 2008

French Polynesian leaders plan Paris trip

1:54 pm on 4 March 2008

The newly elected president of the French Polynesian assembly, Oscar Temaru, says he plans to travel to Paris with the new President, Gaston Flosse.

Mr Temaru told RFO television that once the budget is passed, they intend to see the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, to negotiate a development plan for the territory.

The budget is due to be passed before the end of March while Mr Sarkozy has been scheduled to make an official visit to Tahiti in the third week of April.

The French government has declined to congratulate Mr Flosse on being elected president and only said it noted his election.

France's ruling UMP Party, which is led by Mr Sarkozy, has severed all ties with Mr Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party after it failed to endorse the To Tatou Aia coalition following the early general election.