18 Sep 2013

Righting French Polynesia's economy top priority for new representative

1:20 pm on 18 September 2013

France's new High Commissioner to French Polynesia, Lionel Beffre, says he is committed to helping the territory deal with its deep economic crisis.

The new French government representative in the territory says righting the economy and encouraging growth was the number one priority.

Mr Beffre arrived in the territory on Friday and takes over from Jean-Pierre Laflaquière.

He is a public finance specialist, and former regional administrative chief in France.