17 Jun 2013

Wallis MP tires of French UMP criticism

1:38 pm on 17 June 2013

The new French National Assembly member from Wallis and Futuna has called for an end to the criticism for him sitting with the Socialists.

In March, Napole Polutele was elected as an independent with the backing of the local chapter of France's opposition UMP.

The UMP has been incensed at him joining the ruling Socialists and accused them of poaching him.

Mr Polutele says these attacks have been going on for too long, adding that he had stood as an independent because at home he was backed by both the right and the left.

He says the political division in Paris doesn't match the way things are seen in Wallis and Futuna.