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French Polynesia praised for renewable energy push

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Chinese company arrives in French Polynesia for launch of fish farm

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Gallery: 300-pound sharks swarm Florida photographer

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Flooding and landslides on French Polynesia's Marquesas

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Flooding and landslides on French Polynesia's Marquesas


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Strike disrupts French Polynesia flight schedules

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French Polynesia's Fritch gives Macron full backing

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French Polynesia's Tuihani will name new party in 2018
The president of the French Polynesian assembly Marcel Tuihani says he will announce the name of his new party on 15th January. After indicating his plan to launch his own party ahead of next year's election, Mr Tuihani told a media conference that much work needs to be done to get it up and running. In June, Mr Tuihani quit as the number two of the anti-independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira party led by Gaston Flosse to remain in the assembly as an independent   Read More ...
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Temaru writes to Macron, asking for Tahiti airport back
French Polynesia's pro-independence politician Oscar Temaru has written an open letter to the French president Emmanuel Macron, asking France to return the airport of Tahiti. Mr Temaru is a former president and the veteran mayor of Faa'a where the territory's international airport is located. He says Faa'a has asked for half a century for France to return the airport, which he says is a sign of colonisation just as the nuclear weapon testing sites of Mururoa and Fangataufa   Read More ...
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Portuguese plane helps with French Polynesia strike backlog
A Portuguese plane has been brought into French Polynesia to fly Air France passengers from and to Los Angeles. A week ago, Air France's Tahiti-based flight attendants went on strike, making it impossible for the airline to carry passengers. Two of its planes were forced to fly out of Tahiti empty. After briefly leasing an Air Tahiti Nui plane, Air France is now maintaining its scheduled flights using a chartered Airbus of the Portuguese airline Hi Fly   Read More ...
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French Polynesia's Fritch charged with abuse of public funds
French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch is to be tried in the criminal court in Papeete for alleged abuse of public funds. Radio 1 in Tahiti said he will be standing trial with his predecessor Gaston Flosse at a date yet to be set for their actions as former and current mayor of the town of Pirae. They are alleged to have arranged for the town administration to pay for the water supply to the upmarket Erima neighbourhood, where Flosse lived   Read More ...
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New political party planned in French Polynesia
The president of the French Polynesian assembly Marcel Tuihani has announced he will form a new political party. The move comes five months before the territorial election. Details are expected to be announced later this week. In June, Mr Tuihani quit the anti-independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira party led by Gaston Flosse over policy differences and voting strategy in the French presidential and parliamentary elections   Read More ...
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French Polynesia court rejects bid over strike
A court in French Polynesia has rejected a bid by Air France which challenged the legality of a strike of its flight attendants. The carrier has been forced to fly its planes out of Tahiti without passengers since late last week because it failed to get the minimum number of cabin staff to operate. Air France went to court, claiming urgency and saying it wasn't given a proper strike notice   Read More ...
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American and two others jailed in French Polynesia on drugs charges
An American tourist and two local men have been jailed in French Polynesia for importing methamphetamine from the United States. The three have been given sentences of between 18 months and four years for bringing in 195 grams of the banned drug. The case dates back to last year when the American woman received a parcel with the drugs from the US while staying at a Tahiti hotel   Read More ...
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World's first floating city to be built off the coast of French Polynesia by 2020
Ambitious plans to create a city in the sea, complete with homes, offices and restaurants, are beginning to materialise. Long touted as the next frontier for humanity by tech billionaires and libertarians, ‘seasteading’ – the idea of building autonomous, self-sustaining cities in international waters – has moved one step closer to reality. A pilot project underway in the coastal waters of French Polynesia is set to become the first functioning ‘floating community’ by 2020, offering homes for up to 300 people   Read More ...
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Turtle poachers caught in French Polynesia
Hundreds of kilos of poached turtle meat has been seized in French Polynesia. Tahiti Nui TV reports that after a tip-off, plain clothes police went to Maupiti in the Society Islands where they searched and found almost 450 kilogrammes of turtle meat. Five fishermen were reportedly detained for questioning and their boats seized. The report says on the black market, a kilogramme of turtle meat can fetch up to $US100   Read More ...
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Tahiti politician inspects Irma's destruction
A French Polynesian member of the French Senate has flown to Saint Martin in the Caribbean to help assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Lana Tetuanui travelled at the behest of the president Edouard Fritch to express the solidarity of French Polynesia with the storm's victims. The French Polynesian government released more than US$50,000 to help the relief effort   Read More ...
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French Polynesia's president strikes off doc
French Polynesia's president has used his powers to strike off a doctor at Tahiti's public hospital because of a drug conviction. According to Tahiti-infos, Edourad Fritch decided to ban him from the profession for life after the doctors' association had suspended him for 18 months. In 2014, the unnamed doctor received a parcel from Belgium with three grams of methamphetamine. After the discovery of more banned drugs at his home, he was convicted,but he appealed   Read More ...
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Film stars and sustainability at The Brando in French Polynesia
An exotic island in French Polynesia bought by Marlon Brando in the 1960s is using its Hollywood image to tackle environmental issues - with a little help from its jet-set visitors. The late US movie star fell in love with the palm-fringed atoll of Tetiaroa while filming Mutiny On The Bounty in 1961 on nearby islands. He later married French Polynesian co-star Tarita Teri'ipaia, and the couple raised a family on Tetiaroa, now home to a luxury eco-resort that bears his name and pampers A-list clientele such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp   Read More ...
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French Polynesian nuke victims group meeting again
The French Polynesia body looking at the aftermath of nuclear weapons tests by France has held its first meeting since the death of its head Bruno Barrillot earlier this year. The gathering of COSCEN was to prepare a common position for the territory's discussions with Paris on how to recognise the nuclear legacy and settle claims emanating from them. France tested 193 weapons over 30 years but denied until the beginning of this decade that the tests caused any harm to the island population   Read More ...
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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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Tags: Energy |  Green energy |  Renewable Energy | 
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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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