5 Mar 2010

French Polynesian assembly sitting deferred

10:12 am on 5 March 2010

An extraordinary session of the French Polynesian assembly called for today to discuss a French compensation law has been deferred.

The assembly failed to have enough members for a quorum as only 24 were present.

A new sitting has been called in two days.

Earlier this week, the assembly president called for France to declassify documents about its nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific, saying the more the truth is told the better the pages on the common history can be turned

The new French compensation law passed in December has been widely criticised as inadequate.