France due to return Tahiti bases next year

2:20 pm on 16 December 2015
Clsoed French military base in Tahiti

Closed French military base in Tahiti Photo: RNZI Walter Zweifel

Talks have been held in French Polynesia to advance the reconversion of former French military bases on Tahiti which were closed in the last decade.

The process was to be completed four years ago but legal issues pertaining to the territory's status delayed it, with a possible signing of a final document now expected next year.

The latest meeting at the French High Commission involved the local military commander and a range of stakeholders, including the territory's president and a number of mayors.

The French defence ministry had said Paris would be selling the land back for one euro.

France also promised to compensate the townships affected by the departure of the land forces.

First defence cuts began after 1996 when France completed its nuclear weapons testing regime in the South Pacific