FRENCH POLYNESIA NEWSPAPER STRIKE SETTLED

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (August 30, 2002 – Radio New Zealand International)---Reports from French Polynesia say a settlement has been reached in a dispute that has left the territory without its two daily newspapers since the beginning of last week.

The Tahitipresse news agency says an agreement was reached yesterday between the publishing company and the five unions that have been on strike for better pay and working conditions.

No details have been released but "La Dépêche de Tahiti" and "Les Nouvelles de Tahiti" are expected to resume publication shortly.

The two papers belong to the French Hersant group and are among its most profitable publications.

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