Paris to assess Tahiti's justice system next year

1:24 pm on 30 November 2016

France will send a commission to French Polynesia next year to look at how the justice system performs in the territory.

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This was confirmed by the president of the French law commission Philippe Bas who said the mission would be made up of three Senators.

Mr Bas was responding to a call by one of French Polynesia's members of the French Senate Lana Tetuanui who had been scathing about the behaviour of magistrates sent to Tahiti.

She said it was at times hallucinating to see the difference between what happens in Paris and what went to pass - as she put it - under her coconut trees.

Addressing the Senate, Mrs Tetuanui also said she wondered whether in French Polynesia there were two systems at play.

She alleged that some magistrates acted as if they ran the place which she said should be examined.

Mrs Tetuanui was a long-serving member of Gaston Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party until her expulsion last year.