24 Jul 2006

French Polynesia plans museum for Swedish couple

2:25 pm on 24 July 2006

French Polynesia is to get a museum dedicated to the Swedish writer and anti-nuclear campaigner, Bengt Danielsson and his wife, Marie Therese Danielsson.

The plan was announced by President Oscar Temaru during a visit to their graves in Sweden on July the 14th.

The newspaper, Norrkopings Tidningar, quotes him as saying the museum is to be set up in Papehue on Tahiti.

Bengt Danielsson died in 1997 and his wife three years ago and both were buried in Ostra Tollstad in Sweden.

Mr Temaru said he decided to visit the graves of what he described as his spiritual mentors on Bastille Day rather than accepting an invitation of the French President, Jacques Chirac.