24 Jul 2007

Commentator says French Polynesians are tired of political turmoil, want stability

7:20 pm on 24 July 2007

People in French Polynesia are said to have no desire for yet another change of leader, amid reports the country's former president is aiming to reclaim the top job.

The former president Gaston Flosse has held talks with another former president, the pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru.

In a television interview, Mr Flosse confirmed the talks were aimed at eventually toppling current president Gaston Tong Sang.

The editor of the Tahiti Pacifique monthly, Alex du Prel, says people in French Polynesia are tired of political turmoil.

And he says they're amazed at the latest turn in events.

"It's like in 1944, if suddenly somebody had announced that Winston Churchill had made a pact with Adolf Hitler. People want a government that governs, I think. Everybody is tired of this constant power play."

The editor of the Tahiti Pacifique monthly, Alex du Prel.

Gaston Flosse says both he and Mr Temaru are acting in the interests of French Polynesia.