30 Jun 2009

French Polynesia's Bouissou says autonomy day marks relationship with France

10:23 am on 30 June 2009

A French Polynesian politician who wants to maintain ties to France, says today's autonomy day will bring together the pro-autonomy political parties which have been squabbling for several years.

The Rautahi leader Jean-Christophe Bouissou says June the 29th is important in French Polynesia because it remembers the day when Polynesia became a French possession in 1880.

Mr Bouissou says today's celebrations mark the relationship with France.

"This is the first time since we somehow had problems between us that we gather again to show our faith in our relations with France"

Jean-Christophe Bouissou.