13 Aug 2012

French Polynesia fuel rally fails to attract crowds

10:19 am on 13 August 2012

The latest rally of the French Polynesian group seeking lower fuel prices has attracted only a few hundred people.

Late last month, the group, Te Tau no te Hono, mobilised more than 2,000 people for a march in Papeete as part of its campaign to have the latest fuel price hike rescinded.

But attempts to increase pressure on the government have failed.

The rallies were organised after road blocks in Papeete last month caused massive traffic jams.

The group's leader, Francky Tehaamatai, has withdrawn from his position after being charged with complicity to defraud.