15 Mar 2005

French Polynesia's GIP boss to improve force's image

5:08 am on 15 March 2005

The new head of French Polynesia's presidential intervention group, Robert Maker, says his job is to reorganise the force so that it longer is a private police force for the former president.

Mr Maker has had a stand-off with some GIP members who barred him from their headquarters.

He says despite the insubordination by some they will not necessarily be disciplined and the President, Oscar Temaru, keeps backing him.

Mr Maker says the French state has made a policeman available as Mr Flosse's guard and the GIP members may no longer work for Mr Flosse.

"I have to blow out the dirty image of the GIP as a private police to a political party and a man who used before the president of our country."

Robert Maker