CALL TO MAKE TAHITIAN AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF FRENCH POLYNESIA

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PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (June 1, 2001 – Tahitipresse)---French Polynesia's Minister of Culture Louise Peltzer has asked French Education Minister Jack Lang to make Tahitian an official language of French Polynesia together with French.

The request came during her participation in a conference for educators in Paris.

She said that Tahitian is the most commonly used language in French Polynesia.

Mrs. Peltzer said, "The official language statute was not granted to Tahitian because courts said it could not fit into the framework of the French Constitution.

"However, France recognizes our flag and our anthem. So why can’t we have a territorial language?"

French Education Minister Lang said that he would reflect on Mrs. Peltzer’s request.

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