31 Oct 2007

French Polynesian party urges French minister to keep word on reform

11:12 am on 31 October 2007

French Polynesia's ruling Union For Democracy has called on France to follow its words after yesterday's assembly speech in Tahiti by the visiting overseas territories minister, Christian Estrosi.

The minister said he respected their differences over France's planned reforms devised for the territory and was open to a dialogue allowing for adjustment to the plans when they will be up for debate in the French legislature.

The French Polynesian government boycotted his speech but the party's assembly were present.

The party had been calling for early elections when it was in opposition but after returning to power last month it has been urging for the polls to be put off.

The Union For Democracy has also criticised the schoolmasterish attitude of the minister which it says is being shown by every French representative.