Tahiti leaders implore Paris to maintain funding

9:20 am on 31 August 2017

French Polynesia's president says he wants the new French government to uphold funding commitments made by previous administrations.

Edouard Fritch

Edouard Fritch Photo: Supplied/ Présidence de la Polynésie française

Edouard Fritch made the comment after meeting the overseas minister Annick Girardin in Paris where he has already met the health minister.

He said he was aware that the French state needed to tighten its belt as do French Polynesians, but he says this has to happen with transparency.

His deputy Teva Rohfritch pointed to a raft of funding agreements still in place.

He said French Polynesia was not greedy and will join the national effort, but Paris has to be kept in mind that the territory has just emerged from ten years of political, economic and financial crisis.

He acknowledged the imminent release of funds to hire three oncologists which would save costs for medical evacuations to France.

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