30 Jun 2009

French Polynesia in line for third French assembly seat

2:44 pm on 30 June 2009

French Polynesia may be granted a third seat in the French National Assembly under a French government proposal for a repartition of representatives.

The number of seats for French overseas territories will rise from seven to 10, should the Council of State approve the draft.

French Polynesia currently has two representatives in the 577-member French Assembly, but would be divided into three constituencies.

According to the proposal, New Caledonia would retain two seats, but the Commission in charge of redesigning the constituencies says records of a recent increase in population there may justify an additional seat.

The Commission has therefore advised the French government to further assess New Caledonia's case.