Doubt has been cast on the reported link-up of French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party with France's Republicans.
The Tahoeraa said its leader Gaston Flosse was prepared to forgive his erstwhile opponent Nicolas Sarkozy in the territory's interests and support him in next month's primaries for the French presidential election.
La Depeche de Tahiti said the deal may just be between the two politicians because the official convention of the Republicans in Tahiti is with Gaston Tong Sang, who is now in the French Polynesian government camp.
The Tahoeraa said the convention would increase France's annual nuclear compensation payments from $US90 million to $US165 million.
Flosse switched his support to Mr Sarkozy after failing to strike a deal with Mr Sarkozy's rival within the Republicans, Alain Juppe.