FRENCH POLYNESIA AUTONOMY CHALLENGED

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Feb. 3) - An appeal has reportedly been lodged with the French constitutional council in Paris over the autonomy statute for French Polynesia that was adopted by the legislature last week.

This was announced by Jean-Claude Gaudin who is a senator of the UMP party.

The news agency AFP reports Gaudin as saying the move is backed by about 60 legislators.

For the statute to come into effect, it must be signed by the constitutional council.

The new autonomy statute was opposed in parliament by the Socialist Party and some members of French Polynesia’s assembly who claim the change gives too much power to the territorial president.

Under the new statute, French Polynesia will be given more powers to decide labor and land tenure issues, as well as powers over civil aviation, and in representing itself overseas.

France will retain control over monetary matters and national defense.

February 4, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/

 

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