5 Nov 2007

French Polynesian Socialists question Estrosi's impartiality

9:11 am on 5 November 2007

The Polynesian Socialist Association in Tahiti has called into question the impartiality in local politics of the French overseas territories minister, Christian Estrosi, who has completed a one-week visit to French Polynesia.

In a statement, the Association says his long speech in the assembly last week failed to show that the French state has changed its stance, claiming that his visit was to endorse the ousted president, Gaston Tong Sang.

It welcomed the unprecedented ministerial visit to the grave of the Tahitian nationalist leader, Pouvanaa a Oopa, who was exiled by France after being convicted and jailed for subversion.

But the Association has asked when the French state will open the archives relating to Pouvanaa's trial half a century ago.

During his stay, Mr Estrosi announced that early general elections would be held in French Polynesia in two rounds on January 27th and February 10th.