9 Jun 2006

French court yet to rule in Bouteau eligibility case

3:43 pm on 9 June 2006

The French supreme court is yet to rule whether a French Polynesian party leader, Nicole Bouteau, is eligible to keep her seat in the territorial assembly.

A ruling was expected two weeks ago on whether an election campaign accounting error would disqualify her from public office in Tahiti.

The leader of the centrist No Oe E Te Nunaa Party has regularly topped politicians' popularity surveys.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that a citizen in Tahiti, Rene Hoffer, has lodged a case in the French supreme court, claiming that she cannot be sanctioned by French authorities.

He claims that the national French election accounts office has to deal in one currency and that is the euro.

Mr Hoffer says if the office judges her accounts compiled in French Pacific colonial francs it would imply that France has two currencies.