Tahiti politicians hiring family irks French rulers

8:41 pm on 2 August 2017

There has been a sharp exchange between French Polynesian politicians and France's ruling En Marche Party over French law changes to improve confidence in public life.

The new majority in Paris is in the process of finalising laws to stop politicians from taking on spouses and children as paid staff.

Supporters of the 'En Marche!' (Onwards!) political movement of Emmanuel Macron celebrate after the results announced at the Esplanade du Louvre in Paris.

Supporters of the 'En Marche!' (Onwards!) political movement of Emmanuel Macron celebrate after the results announced at the Esplanade du Louvre in Paris. Photo: AFP

Both a Senator from Tahiti Lana Tetuanui and the president of French Polynesia's assembly Marcel Tuihani said they should have been consulted about the change because the restrictions go against provisions of the autonomy statute.

But a statement from En Marche in Tahiti said the change was signalled in the election manifesto, adding that in French Polynesia it is possible to be opposed in principle to the concept of higher standards in public life.

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It also said it was no coincidence there was support for Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen.

Mr Fillon was the favoured presidential candidate of French Polynesia's ruling party but his campaign slumped over claims that he had arranged public sector jobs for his wife and children.

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