French Polynesia

Fillon's success in France alarms Tahiti's leader

RNZ reports in France and many overseas territories, Mr Fillon won a resounding victory in last weekend's run-off against Alain Juppé, but in French Polynesia Mr Juppé was the winner, backed by Mr Fritch and his party.

Mr Fritch told local television that discussions are needed between his government and Mr Fillon, who has proposed big cuts to the public sector.

French Polynesia clarifies insecticide use over zika

Thousands of malformed babies have been born in Brazil in areas hit by the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.

In Tahiti, the authorities say that - like in other French overseas territories - they have for decades used deltamethrin to fight mosquitoes and not pyriproxyfen as in South America.

Final appeal from Tahiti for Forum membership

He was speaking in Port Moresby on the eve of the Forum leaders' leaders session which is due to discuss the issue.

French Polynesia is an associate member of the Forum and its bid for membership is being considered by the group.

Mr Fritch says as a man of the Pacific he is deeply linked to the region's values and the French territory always acted in solidarity with its Pacific neighbours as the islands share the same DNA.

He said it was time for full membership after the territory's ten years' listening and learning as an observer and associate at the Forum.

French Polynesia's Fritch to set up political party

This follows moves this week to expel him from Gaston Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira party.

Mr Fritch says he wants to build a new political family and his 35 year membership of Tahoeraa was finished.

Relations between Mr Fritch and the 84 year old former president have been steadily worsening since Mr Fritch replaced the convicted Flosse as the territory's president a year ago.

This is despite Flosse having repeatedly designated Mr Fritch, who is his former son-in-law, as his successor.