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Man in French Polynesia detained for alleged drug trafficking

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French Polynesia praised for renewable energy push

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Samoa investors fail to purchase French Polynesia resort

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Faced with rising seas, French Polynesia ponders floating islands

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Tahiti's Tahoeraa in talks with National Front - report

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Tahiti campaign targeted by France's National Front

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Tahiti schools to reopen after floods

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Man in French Polynesia detained for alleged drug trafficking
A former bailiff in French Polynesia has been detained for alleged drug trafficking. According to media reports, Patrick Rey, who was a judicial official in Moorea, is suspected of having sponsored one of the people recently arrested for trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Tahiti. The drugs were found in the luggage of a passenger who arrived from Los Angeles. Subsequently, two residents were detained suspected to be linked to the drug import   Read More ...
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French Polynesia praised for renewable energy push
A senior French government representative has praised French Polynesia for its efforts to produce renewable energy. Sebastien Lecornu, who is the secretary of state for technological transition, said 34 percent of energy used was from renewable sources, almost twice the rate of France. French Polynesia wants to raise this to 50 percent by 2020 while France's target is to source half of its electricity needs from non-nuclear sources by 2025   Read More ...
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Court advised to reject French Polynesia nuke compensation
France's top administrative court is being advised to reject a nuclear compensation claim lodged by French Polynesia's social welfare agency. In July, the French government announced that all rejected compensation claims would be reconsidered, including one lodged by the agency for money it had disbursed to a victim. According to Tahiti-infos, the expert advice to the court is to reject the claim because there is no proof that the state is directly responsible for the damage   Read More ...
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New airline planned for French Polynesia
Reports from French Polynesia say plans are afoot to launch a new domestic airline. Tahiti media said New Caledonia-based businessman Bill Ravel was, this week, expected to lodge an application to set up an airline called Islands. Mr Ravel, who founded Air Calin and Air Vanuatu, is reportedly planning to get two Embraer aircraft and fly to the territory's five archipelagos   Read More ...
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France urged to respect UN's Tahiti stance
French Polynesia's pro-independence party has held a rally urging France to respect United Nations resolutions. The rally was held outside the territorial assembly in Papeete to coincide with a three-day official visit of France's secretary of state for technological transition Sebastien Lecornu. The Tavini Huiraatira party's Antony Geros said the rally was to remind France that the Pacific Ocean was not for sale   Read More ...
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Four remanded in French Polynesia for drug trafficking
Four people detained in French Polynesia following a drug seizure have been charged with drug trafficking and remanded in prison. Earlier this week, a passenger arriving in Tahiti from Los Angeles was detained after 1.2 kilograms of methamphetamine was found in his baggage. Radio1 reports that subsequent raids were carried out and two residents were detained along with the woman who had accompanied the passenger   Read More ...
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French Polynesia doctor appeals conviction over brawl
One of the doctors in French Polynesia convicted and fined over a brawl in an operating theatre has lodged an appeal. The anaesthetist decided to appeal after he and a surgeon had each been fined $US5000 over a fight at a private clinic in Papeete. The surgeon, who had tested positive for methamphetamine, was also given a suspended six-month jail sentence but the criminal court rejected the prosecution's request that he be deregistered   Read More ...
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Passenger detained in French Polynesia for methamphetamines
A passenger arriving in French Polynesia from Los Angeles has been detained with 1.2 kilogrammes of methamphetamines in his baggage. Tahiti media says the seizure is the result of a long standing investigation. Reports say several other people have also been detained and searches are being made. The reports say investigators believe the latest seizure is linked to another case involving a French Polynesian man arrested for drugs offences in Los Angeles in June   Read More ...
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French Polynesia's Tahoeraa may lose another assembly member
There is again speculation in French Polynesia that the formerly dominant Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party is about to lose another assembly member. According to La Depeche de Tahiti, Gilda Vaiho-Faatoa is about to become an independent member, joining the assembly president Marcel Tuihani. In June, he quit jointly with his father, who had been a decades-long party treasurer, over policies determined by the party president Gaston Flosse   Read More ...
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French Polynesia sports head dumped
The head of French Polynesia's Olympic Committee Tauhiti Nena has been relieved of all his positions with immediate effect. This follows today's ruling by the court of appeal which declared that Mr Nena's election to the post in January last year was invalid. The head of the volleyball federation had complained that Mr Nena was elected with two votes of people who weren't presidents of their respective federations   Read More ...
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Tahiti leaders implore Paris to maintain funding
French Polynesia's president says he wants the new French government to uphold funding commitments made by previous administrations. Edouard Fritch made the comment after meeting the overseas minister Annick Girardin in Paris where he has already met the health minister. He said he was aware that the French state needed to tighten its belt as do French Polynesians, but he says this has to happen with transparency   Read More ...
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Tahiti told nuke compo work to restart in September
French Polynesian leaders have again been told that the French nuclear compensation commission CIVEN will hopefully resume its work within one month. The comment was made by the head of CIVEN Alain Christnacht in talks with French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch in Paris. All work stalled in early July when CIVEN lost six of its nine members who resigned in response to a law change governing its work   Read More ...
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French Polynesia's Forum inclusion 'not a threat'
The director general of the Forum Fisheries Agency says the French Pacific territories' inclusion in the Pacific Islands Forum should be seen as a positive for the management of the region's tuna. Some agency members are report to be concerned about how much sovereignty France will allow the territories when it comes to strategic negotiations both within the Pacific Tuna Commission and abroad   Read More ...
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Macron's party attacks reform delay in French Polynesia
France's ruling party has criticised the French Polynesian government for deferring debate about reforming the social security system until next year. In a statement, the head of the En Marche movement in Tahiti said the health minister's decision not to raise the challenges this year amounted to a strategic error. Heimana Garbet says if nothing else, the ruling party would not try to make an election issue out of it as the territory was to go to the polls next year   Read More ...
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French Polynesia mayor's corruption case reaches court
The appeal court in French Polynesia has heard two corruption cases involving the mayor of Tumara'a Cyril Tetuanui. The prosecution wants to declare him ineligible to hold public office for two years and one year respectively. In one case, he was found guilty in the criminal court of accepting $US13,000 from a local baker and in return allotting him stalls in what was dubbed political sponsoring   Read More ...
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Chinese company to invest $US1.5b in French Polynesia fish farm
Its head Wang Chen was speaking after another meeting with French Polynesian leaders and after securing permits for the project. He said work in Hao will begin in December, providing hundreds of jobs, with the aim to export 50000 tonnes of fish a year from 2020. The main species to be farmed are grouper. The company, which is a subsidiary of the Chinese Tian Rui group, chose Hao in part because its runway was long enough to accommodate planes which can freight the fish directly to China   Read More ...
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Chinese company to invest $US1.5b in French Polynesia fish farm
The Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods says it will invest $US 1.5 billion in its planned fish farm on Hao atoll in French Polynesia. Its head Wang Chen was speaking after another meeting with French Polynesian leaders and after securing permits for the project. He said work in Hao will begin in December, providing hundreds of jobs, with the aim to export 50000 tonnes of fish a year from 2020   Read More ...
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Work on Chinese owned fish farm in French Polynesia set for Dec start
The public broadcaster reported the announcement just days after a delegation of the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods arrived in Tahiti for further talks with French Polynesian leaders. According to the report, 40 hectares will be initially developed which will create 250 jobs, with 95 percent of them going to locals. It says the project is worth about $US380 million   Read More ...
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Work on Chinese owned fish farm in French Polynesia set for Dec start
Reports from French Polynesia say work to build a huge Chinese-owned fish farm on Hao atoll will begin on 9 December. The public broadcaster reported the announcement just days after a delegation of the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods arrived in Tahiti for further talks with French Polynesian leaders. According to the report, 40 hectares will be initially developed which will create 250 jobs, with 95 percent of them going to locals   Read More ...
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French Polynesia opposition refuses to endorse Forum membership
French Polynesia's ruling party has spoken out against the pro-independence opposition's refusal to endorse Pacific Islands Forum membership. Last week, the opposition Tavini Huiraatira abstained from an assembly vote to approve the formal process of French Polynesia acceding to the Forum, which last year made it a full member. In a statement, the Tapura Huiraatira said the Tavini was jealous of the diplomatic victory of the president Edouard Fritch, while pointing to the Tavini leader Oscar Temaru's stance in the past   Read More ...
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French Polynesia votes to become full member of Forum
The vote was 47 in favour, with ten members abstaining. An extraordinary sitting of the assembly was called to advance the formal steps for the territory to join the Forum which needs to be coordinated with France as it represents French Polynesia internationally. The pro-independence opposition, which declined to vote, expressed surprise that Paris authorises French Polynesia to join the Forum while never ceding to it powers in terms of foreign affairs and security   Read More ...
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French Polynesia votes to become full member of Forum
French Polynesia's assembly has voted in favour of the territory becoming a full member of the Pacific Islands Forum. The vote was 47 in favour, with ten members abstaining. An extraordinary sitting of the assembly was called to advance the formal steps for the territory to join the Forum which needs to be co-ordinated with France as it represents French Polynesia internationally   Read More ...
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French Polynesia takes further step towards Forum membership
Last year's Forum summit admitted French Polynesia and New Caledonia as full members but the documents for the proper accession have yet to be finalised. Radio 1 reported that the assembly in Tahiti was now due to vote on the accession document after it was approved by the French foreign ministry earlier this year. It also reported that a French version of the text then needed to be submitted to the Forum   Read More ...
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French Polynesia takes further step towards Forum membership
An extraordinary sitting of French Polynesia's assembly has been called today to advance the formal steps for the territory to become a full member of the Pacific Islands Forum. Last year's Forum summit admitted French Polynesia and New Caledonia as full members but the documents for the proper accession have yet to be finalised. reported that the assembly in Tahiti was now due to vote on the accession document after it was approved by the French foreign ministry earlier this year   Read More ...
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Chinese company arrives in French Polynesia for launch of fish farm
Its head Wang Chen, who again met top leaders in Tahiti, had been expected to announce the date of when construction would start on the fish farm which was originally projected to have 3,000 fish cages. The investors have secured the permits and are forecast to need two years to set up the facilities. Two years ago, the company expected to be able to employ about 10,000 people, but the project had since been scaled back   Read More ...
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Chinese company arrives in French Polynesia for launch of fish farm
A delegation of the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods has arrived in French Polynesia as the territory is awaiting the launch of the Hao atoll fish farm. Its head Wang Chen, who again met top leaders in Tahiti, had been expected to announce the date of when construction would start on the fish farm which was originally projected to have 3,000 fish cages   Read More ...
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BirdLife International asked to help save French Polynesia's rupe
The Association Te Rupe no Makatea is alarmed at plans by an Australian company to resume mining on 600 hectares of the atoll - more than half a century after operations ceased. In a letter, its president Dany Pittman said Makatea stands out as a raised atoll among the 77 mostly low-lying atolls and serves as a refuge for an area threatened by sea-level rise   Read More ...
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Gallery: 300-pound sharks swarm Florida photographer
RANGIROA, French Polynesia -- Incredible images have captured one brave photographer being swarmed by scores of 300-pound sharks as he joined them in the water. The action snaps were taken in French Polynesia, Tuamotus Archipelago, by world-renowned marine photojournalist Stephen Frink (68) from Key Largo, Florida. "The blacktip reef sharks are from an encounter at a site known as the "Blue Lagoon" in Rangiroa," he said   Read More ...
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French Polynesia minister quits for Paris office
French Polynesia's education minister Nicole Sanquer has resigned in order to maintain her seat in the French National Assembly which she won last month. The president Edouard Fritch has decided against appointing a successor but to share out her portfolios. He has given the education portfolio to the employment minister Tea Frogier while assuming the youth and sports portfolio himself. New French restrictions on the cumulation of offices forced Ms Sanquer to quit the ministry but allowed her to remain a member of the French Polynesian assembly   Read More ...
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Tahiti's Tahoeraa stands to lose more members
French Polynesia's formerly dominant Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party is poised to lose more members after already being weakened by a split. The Tahoeraa, which won 38 of the assembly's 57 seats in the last election, has suspended a member Gilda Vaiho who was reportedly considering leaving the party. Media reports say her possible departure could trigger further resignations. Last month, the party lost its most senior assembly member, Marcel Tuihani, who resigned from the Tahoeraa but stayed on as the assembly president   Read More ...
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French Polynesia airport operator scales back investment
The company running French Polynesia's main airports, ADT, says investment plans have been scaled back because of uncertainty over any future contract. In March, a Paris court annulled ADT's 30-year contract after finding that it had been awarded without going out to tender. The court ordered the French state to terminate the deal within 12 months. ADT's management said since it took over the operation of Tahiti's international airport in 2010, it has invested close to $US50 million in the territory   Read More ...
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Tahiti airport management raised in Paris
French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch has held talks in Paris with the French transport minister Elisabeth Borne about the future administration of Tahiti's international airport. Three months ago, a Paris court annulled the contract of the company running the airport ADT after finding that the 30-year contract had been signed in 2010 despite objections by the commune of Faa'a where the airport is located   Read More ...
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French Polynesia's assembly approves text of Elysee Accord
French Polynesia's assembly has approved the text of the Elysee Accord drawn up between the government in Tahiti and the former French president Francois Hollande. The vote was 31 for the text and 26 against, with the opposing votes being cast by the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira party and the pro-autonomy Tahoeraa Huiraatira party. The Accord, which was a broad roadmap for the relationship between the two sides, was expected to be endorsed by the new French administration of Emmanuel Macron   Read More ...
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French Polynesia marae in World Heritage bid
A delegation from French Polynesia is travelling to Poland in the hope of securing its first World Heritage site. At its meeting in Cracow, UNESCO is considering an application by France to recognise Raiatea's Taputapuatea marae as a world heritage site. The marae complex is about 1,000 years old and was a centre for Polynesian seafarers from where they explored islands such as Rapa Nui, Hawai'i and New Zealand   Read More ...
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France reconsiders compensation bids by nuclear test veterans
French Polynesia's nuclear test veterans have been given fresh hope that France will at last compensate them for the poor health caused by the weapons tests. Paris has decided to reconsider hundreds of compensation claims which it had earlier rejected. The news came amid commemorations in Tahiti of the first of 193 tests which the French military carried out in Moruroa and Fangataufa over a 30-year period   Read More ...
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French Polynesia marks anniversary of first French atomic test
On this day in 1966, the French military carried out the first of its 193 nuclear tests at French Polynesia's Moruroa atoll. A gathering has been called in Papeete this afternoon. Roland Oldham, who is the head of French Polynesia's nuclear veterans organisation, said even though former nuclear workers were dying, their descendents continued to face the problem of nuclear fallout   Read More ...
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French Polynesia marks anniversary of first French atomic test
French Polynesia today marks the 51st anniversary of the first French nuclear weapons test in the Pacific as its effects continue to linger. On this day in 1966, the French military carried out the first of its 193 nuclear tests at French Polynesia's Moruroa atoll. A gathering has been called in Papeete this afternoon. Roland Oldham, who is the head of French Polynesia's nuclear veterans organisation, said even though former nuclear workers were dying, their descendents continued to face the problem of nuclear fallout   Read More ...
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French Polynesia marks Autonomy Day
French Polynesia is marking today's Autonomy Day with festivities in Papeete which organisers regard as an opportunity to showcase the community and its activities. Thousands of people are expected to join in a parade. French Polynesia has been marking June the 29th as autonomy day for more than 30 years on behest of a former president Gaston Flosse. The date was chosen because on that day in 1880 the Tahitian king signed a treaty with France which annexed the kingdom   Read More ...
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Tahiti's Brotherson to sit with French Communists
French Polynesia's first ever pro-independence politician elected to the French National Assembly has decided to join the parliamentary group of the Communist Party. Moetai Brotherson will sit with the 11 Communists and three members from the French overseas territories to form a group called Democratic and Republican Left. The group said it wanted to represent a diverse and determined Left in order to advance justice and social cohesion   Read More ...
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Philippe supports Tahiti's accord signed with Hollande
French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch says the new French government supports the Elysee Accord which was signed by Francois Hollande earlier this year. Mr Fritch made the comment after an hour-long meeting with the French prime minister Edouard Philippe in Paris. The two sides signalled continuity as the Accord was drawn up with the previous administration. It is a new economic and social development co-operation agreement which acknowledges the legacy of the French nuclear weapons tests and ties the territory politically to France   Read More ...
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