29 Jun 2009

French High Commissioner in French Polynesia questions preferential employment law

6:21 am on 29 June 2009

It has been revealed in French Polynesia that the French high

commissioner, Adolphe Colrat , has referred a new local

employment law to the supreme court in Paris.

According to media reports, he took the action nearly three weeks ago, suspecting that a law restricting 95 percent of public service positions to French Polynesians violates French constitutional provisions for equal access.

The provisions were adopted almost unanimously by the French Polynesian assembly in May as part of efforts to shore up employment opportunities for locals.

The assembly also voted for a requirement that job applicants must have lived in the territory for five years to be eligible to work.