2 May 2005

French Polynesia's president arrives in Paris for week long trip

7:10 am on 2 May 2005

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has arrived in Paris for a week-long official visit.

His delegation says the first ever meeting with the French prime minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, is scheduled for Wednesday but the prime minister's agenda makes no mention of the talks.

Mr Temaru's visit to France has been postponed twice since he was re-elected to the presidency two month ago.

A statement issued by his office says the talks are aimed at outlining the territory's partnership with Paris over the next 15 years.

Mr Temaru is also due to meet the French foreign minister, the overseas territories minister, the presidents of both houses of parliament and the leader of the Socialist Party.

The opposition's Gaston Flosse, who is the territory's member of the French senate, is also due in Paris in the course of the week.

He was in Paris last a month ago and held unofficial talks with French leaders following his ousting in a no-confidence vote in February.