24 Jan 2012

French Polynesia's Schyle to stand in French National Assembly election

1:36 pm on 24 January 2012

A former assembly president, Philip Schyle, has announced his candidacy for one of French Polynesia's two seats in the French National Assembly.

Mr Schyle, who is the leader of the pro-autonomy Fetia Api Party and a long-term mayor of Arue in Tahiti, announced his plan in an open letter - five months before the polls.

He says he would work towards restoring a frank and loyal link with France.

Mr Schyle says this would also entail working with Paris in formulating policies guided by French austerity plans which will affect French Polynesia.

The two Paris seats are currently being held by Michel Buillard and Bruno Sandras, both of whom were elected while still members of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party.

Last October, the two were fined and given suspended prison sentences for their role in a phantom job network run by the Tahoeraa.

Their appeal will be heard in October - four months after the election.