FRENCH MILITARY TO REDUCE CIVILIAN STAFF IN TAHITI

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About 200 positions to be eliminated

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Dec. 13, 2010) - A French union delegate says he has discussed the gradual decrease of civilian staff within the military during talks with top defence officials in French Polynesia.

The La Depeche newspaper says as part of a phased reduction of the French military presence over the next five years, more than 200 positions will be disestablished.

The unionist, Patrick Daulny, says this means about 250 positions will be retained.

He says the military could not say whether it will at one stage leave French Polynesia altogether.

[PIR editor’s note: A few yeas ago, TahitiPresse reported French Defense Minister, Hervé Morin, saying the Sarkozy government is leaning towards a reduction in French military forces based in French Polynesia rather than a major pullout. Tahiti’s government officials were against the reduction saying it would have a major impact on the economy.]

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