11 Jan 2011

Tong Sang sees no surprise in Sarkozy's Tahiti warning

5:07 pm on 11 January 2011

The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, says he is not surprised by a French warning that Paris will intervene in the territory's affairs if they end up in a shambles.

The opposition however is dismayed at the warning issued by the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, when he addressed a wide range of issues concerning the French overseas territories.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"Gaston Tong Sang says Mr Sarkozy has picked up the general view of the public that is tired of the political instability. Backed by a small minority, Mr Tong Sang is struggling to find a way to pass the 2011 budget by the end of March or he'll have to cede power over finance matters to the French high commissioner. The pro-independence opposition is scornful, saying Mr Sarkozy heads a state with no scruples to annex a country by ruse and firearms and then shows no qualms to impose 30 years of nuclear weapons testing. It says France should stop messing with French Polynesia."