French Polynesia party lashes out at France after court ruling

French Polynesia leader Oscar Temaru. Photo: RNZI

PAPE’ETE, 29 OCTOBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – French Polynesia’s pro-independence party says the French government has shamelessly declared open season on its opponents.

France’s highest court last week declared the Tavini Huiraatira leader Oscar Temaru ineligible for his assembly seat because of campaign finance irregularities.

The party and Temaru had expected that he would be allowed to retain his seat.

But it now says the ruling is Paris punishing him for recently filing a claim against French nuclear testing at the International Criminal Court.

Last week French overseas minister Annick Girardin said Temaru had denigrated France and accused him of lacking a vision for Polynesia.

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