The French Polynesian president, Gaston Flosse, has expressed surprise at media reports over his involvement in a variety of judicial probes that suggest he may be disqualified from office.
His office issued a statement to say he is being singled out and vilified without any respect for his position.
It says other members of his party are subject to the very same judicial process.
The statement says if this reporting, which it says has nothing to to with democracy, continues Mr Flosse will take it up with media standards authorities.
Mr Flosse is being investigated over a range of cases and is due for questioning this week and next.