French Polynesia

Gallery: 300-pound sharks swarm Florida photographer

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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
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Flooding and landslides on French Polynesia's Marquesas

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Flooding and landslides on French Polynesia's Marquesas

- Flooding and landslides in French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands have caused nearly US$1 million worth of damage. Three families on Nuku Hiva, the largest of the islands, had been evacuated from their homes near an insecure bank. The mayor of Nuku Hiva, Benoit Kautai, told Tahiti-Infos rain had been persistent off-and-on for four months, which has caused extensive damage. Mr Kautai said land was saturated and there were landslides right across the archipelago
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Strike disrupts French Polynesia flight schedules

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Strike disrupts French Polynesia flight schedules

- Flight schedules in French Polynesia keep being disrupted because of an unlimited strike by some airport firefighters. Travellers are advised to check with the airlines for the latest information. The strike has unravelled travel plans for hundreds of people across the territory and camp beds were put up at the airport in Tahiti for those stuck because of the industrial action
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French Polynesia's Fritch gives Macron full backing

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French Polynesia's Fritch gives Macron full backing

- French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch has given his full backing to the new French president Emmanuel Macron, saying there is a shared vision of how Tahiti can help Mr Macron's new strategy for Europe. Mr Fritch is in Paris and met one of Mr Macron's associates Jean-Paul Delevoye at the headquarters of the En Marche movement. Mr Delevoye said President Macron believed that France's presence on all five continents gave it a chance to again find a great place among nations
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Samoa investors fail to purchase French Polynesia resort

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Samoa investors fail to purchase French Polynesia resort

- Radio reports from French Polynesia say the planned purchase of a major hotel on Moorea by Samoa's Grey Investment Group has failed. Radio1 reports the Manava Beach Resort and Spa was said to be bought by Frederick Grey but that the deal was ultimately sealed with China's HNA group. HNA already owns two big resorts on Moorea and Bora Bora. Samoa's Grey Investment Group also owns several large upmarket resorts in French Polynesia
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French Polynesian man killed in gun error

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French Polynesian man killed in gun error

- A man in French Polynesia has been shot dead by a policeman mistakenly firing his gun instead of his taser. Vetearii Rupea was shot in the chest when the 46-year-old policeman fired his gun in a bid to break up a fight in Paea. The policeman's lawyer said using a taser appeared to be the only way to stop the altercation between two drunk men but the policeman pulled the wrong weapon
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French Polynesia hikes tobacco prices

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French Polynesia hikes tobacco prices

- A sharp price hike has come into force for tobacco users in French Polynesia where cigarettes now cost 39 percent more than last week. The increase raises the price of cheaper brands of cigarettes to more than $US9 a pack. According to experts, the positive effect on public health was more likely if prices were raised quickly and substantially. Recent studies show that more than 40 percent of French Polynesia's population smokes
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Health wary of disease outbreak

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Health wary of disease outbreak

- The Cook Islands Ministry of Health is keeping a close eye on a leptospirosis outbreak in French Polynesia and is working with authorities to keep it out of the country. Te Marae Ora was alerted to the outbreak through its Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PPHSN) about a week ago. The outbreak is thought to have resulted from recent major flooding in Tahiti. In a statement from the Ministry of
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Tahiti's Tahoeraa in talks with National Front - report

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Tahiti's Tahoeraa in talks with National Front - report

- French Polynesia's public broadcaster says the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has approached the National Front of France as the country is heading for presidential and then parliamentary elections. The report said there had been no official confirmation but it said the Paris office of the National Front had not denied reports it has been in touch with the Tahoeraa, adding it is aware of what is going on. The Tahoeraa, which
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Tahiti's Temaru rebukes France in independence push

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Tahiti's Temaru rebukes France in independence push

- French Polynesia's pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru has restated that if he win most votes in Tahiti in the April French presidential election it would mean a unilateral declaration of independence. Mr Temaru repeated his stance on television in France where he is campaigning to get enough support to lodge his candidacy by the March 17 deadline. To stand he needs to find elected politicians in at least 30 department or
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Tahiti campaign targeted by France's National Front

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Tahiti campaign targeted by France's National Front

- France's National Front says it would like French Polynesia to hold a referendum in 10 to 15 years on it becoming an associated country of France. This has been outlined by the party's leader Marine Le Pen who was first to declare her candidacy in this year's presidential election and who is the only candidate to have visited the territory. Under her plan, regal powers would remain in French control
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Tahiti cocaine smugglers sent to France

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Tahiti cocaine smugglers sent to France

- Police in French Polynesia are transferring four suspected drug smugglers to France after arresting them in possession of more than 1.4 tonnes of cocaine last month. The four, including a French citizen, were arrested within a week on two separate yachts owned by a Frenchman. The public broadcaster said the four were escorted by 12 police officer and flown out on scheduled aircraft bound for Paris. The prosecutor in Tahiti
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Housing main worry after Tahiti flooding

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Housing main worry after Tahiti flooding

- French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch says after this month's floods a priority remains to find shelter for those who lost their homes. Unusually heavy rain in Tahiti and Moorea caused massive flooding and an estimated 900 homes were damaged or destroyed. Schools have reopened after some of them were closed for more than a week to allow for a clean-up. In the town of Pirae alone, about 200 people have
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Tahiti schools to reopen after floods

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Tahiti schools to reopen after floods

- Most schools in French Polynesia are expected to be open tomorrow after cleaning up in the aftermath of the heavy rain two weekends ago. Unusually heavy rain in Tahiti and Moorea caused massive flooding and an estimated 900 homes have been damaged or destroyed. The mayors of the affected towns have helped those worst affected as many parts of Tahiti were under water and roads were damaged. The new public
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‘I’ve seen rain:’ James Taylor laments end of Obama era

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‘I’ve seen rain:’ James Taylor laments end of Obama era

- BOSTON (AP) — Half a world away from Washington, James Taylor is greeting fans with a video bemoaning the end of the Obama era. The singer emailed a clip from French Polynesia on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration. It shows him standing outside a grass hut in the rain. In his video postcard, he says: ‘‘Hi, it’s James in French Polynesia on the last day of the Obama
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'I've seen rain:' James Taylor bemoans end of Obama era

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'I've seen rain:' James Taylor bemoans end of Obama era

- BOSTON — Half a world away from Washington, James Taylor is greeting fans with a video bemoaning the end of the Obama era. The singer emailed a clip from French Polynesia on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration. It shows him standing outside a grass hut in the rain. In his video postcard, he says: "Hi, it's James in French Polynesia on the last day of the Obama administration, and
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Papeete Accords due to be signed within months

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Papeete Accords due to be signed within months

- France has confirmed that it will sign the so-called Papeete Accords with French Polynesia before the end of Francois Hollande's term as president to recognise the nuclear legacy. This was announced by the territory's French High Commissioner Rene Bidal in Paris. The Accords provide the creation of a memorial, the clean-up of the former military base on Hao atoll as well as the compensation for the victims of the French
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Vitamin D supplement stopped in French Pacific

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Vitamin D supplement stopped in French Pacific

- Health authorities in New Caledonia and French Polynesia have ordered the suspension of the sale of a vitamin D supplement, Uvesterol D. The decision follows the death of a 10-day old infant in France. Uvesterol D was developed by the Crinex laboratory and is used against vitamin D deficiencies in children up to five years old. The authorities say the concern is about how the supplement was being administered and
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  • Gallery: 300-pound sharks swarm Florida photographer
    Gallery: 300-pound sharks swarm Florida photographer

    , katu.com

    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
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Politics & Government

  • Tahiti campaign targeted by France's National Front
    Tahiti campaign targeted by France's National Front

    , radionz.co.nz

    France's National Front says it would like French Polynesia to hold a referendum in 10 to 15 years on it becoming an associated country of France. This has been outlined by the party's leader Marine Le Pen who was first to declare her candidacy in this year's presidential election and who is the only candidate to have visited the territory. Under her plan, regal powers would remain in French control
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Society & Culture

  • French Polynesian man killed in gun error
    French Polynesian man killed in gun error

    , radionz.co.nz

    A man in French Polynesia has been shot dead by a policeman mistakenly firing his gun instead of his taser. Vetearii Rupea was shot in the chest when the 46-year-old policeman fired his gun in a bid to break up a fight in Paea. The policeman's lawyer said using a taser appeared to be the only way to stop the altercation between two drunk men but the policeman pulled the wrong weapon
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Entertainment & Arts

  • Loss of AM radio irks French Polynesia
    Loss of AM radio irks French Polynesia

    , radionz.co.nz

    French Polynesia's public radio broadcaster says people in remote locations have complained about the end of transmissions on its AM frequency. Radio Polynesie Premiere switched to an all FM service at the beginning of December, leaving pockets of inhabitants in valleys and on remote atolls without any local radio service. The broadcaster added five FM transmitters to its network of 48 to improve its reach but in an area the
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Travel & Recreation

  • French Polynesia hikes tobacco prices
    French Polynesia hikes tobacco prices

    , radionz.co.nz

    A sharp price hike has come into force for tobacco users in French Polynesia where cigarettes now cost 39 percent more than last week. The increase raises the price of cheaper brands of cigarettes to more than $US9 a pack. According to experts, the positive effect on public health was more likely if prices were raised quickly and substantially. Recent studies show that more than 40 percent of French Polynesia's population smokes
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Science & Nature

  • Housing main worry after Tahiti flooding
    Housing main worry after Tahiti flooding

    , radionz.co.nz

    French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch says after this month's floods a priority remains to find shelter for those who lost their homes. Unusually heavy rain in Tahiti and Moorea caused massive flooding and an estimated 900 homes were damaged or destroyed. Schools have reopened after some of them were closed for more than a week to allow for a clean-up. In the town of Pirae alone, about 200 people have
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Law & Crime

  • Tahiti's Tong Sang gets suspended jail sentence
    Tahiti's Tong Sang gets suspended jail sentence

    , radionz.co.nz

    The criminal court in French Polynesia has given a suspended one-year jail sentence to a former president Gaston Tong Sang for abusing public funds to pay for phantom jobs. Tong Sang and two of his former ministers, Clarenntz Vernaudon and Fernand Roomataaroa, were convicted for signing contracts to seal a coalition deal with the Ai'a Api Party. Tong Sang was fined $US18000. The three have also been sentenced to jointly
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