19 Dec 2008

French Polynesia's resumes its extraordinary budget debate

10:58 am on 19 December 2008

French Polynesia's assembly has been convened to resume its extraordinary budget debate.

This comes amid concern over the state of the economy faced by declining tourism figures and growing unemployment.

The ruling coalition lost its majority last week but the member who quit the political grouping now says she will back the budget if its is revised.

The session also follows a letter by veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, to the French government, asking it to provide more than 120 million US dollars to cope with the crisis.

In it, Mr Flosse claims that unemployment is now close to 22 percent - a figure which is much higher than what the statistics suggest.