19 Jul 2004

New French Polynesian president says talks in Paris positive

7:36 am on 19 July 2004

The new French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, says he is satisfied with his top level talks in Paris.

It is the first such meeting since he defeated Gaston Flosse, the long-term ally of President Jacques Chirac, in the May election.

After meeting the minister in charge of overseas territories, Brigitte Girardin, Mr Temaru said France would continue its annual payment of nearly 200 million US dollars to compensate for the end of nuclear weapons testing.

Mr Temaru has also repeated his plans to put off the independence question for 20 years and to look at the territory's economy first.

He will now travel to Brussels to explore the possible replacement of the Pacific colonial franc with the euro.