19 Jun 2008

French Polynesia braces for French military cut

6:50 pm on 19 June 2008

French Polynesia's President Gaston Tong Sang has indicated that he will seek compensation from France after this week's announcement of cuts in the military presence in the region.

A French white paper calls for changes that will entail a reduction in the number of soldiers stationed in Tahiti.

To assess the economic impact, Mr Tong Sang says a joint committee will begin sitting next year and possibly formulate recommendations on the size of the compensation.

After the end of the French nuclear weapons tests in 1996, the then French Polynesia President, Gaston Flosse, negotiated ongoing compensation.