8 Apr 2008

New Caledonian MP defies Paris pension plan

1:39 pm on 8 April 2008

One of New Caledonia's members of the French assembly, Gael Yanno, has vowed to fight the French government's plan to curb pension supplements for senior public servants drawing them in overseas territories.

Mr Yanno, who is affiliated to the France's ruling UMP party, has told the Nouvelles Caledoniennes newspaper that he will stand up against President Nicolas Sarkozy's proposal to the end.

Just under 5,000 people in New Caledonia are eligible for a boost of their French pension of up to 75 percent.

The government says the pension bonuses will cost about 500 million US dollars this year while it remains difficult to control if the recipients adhere to the residency requirements.

Mr Yanno says he will seek talks to exclude the current pensioners from the proposed cuts.