16 Sep 2005

French Polynesian president aims at model democracy

3:54 pm on 16 September 2005

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has opened the assembly's budget session with a speech outlining his administration's programme.

Mr Temaru says he wants the territory to become a model democracy in the service of its people and neighbouring countries.

He says he would like to extend the area of influence and create in the Pacific a unique economic and social model.

To this end, he says there has to be an end to what he called the arrogant attitude towards the Anglo-Saxon neighbors.

In emphasizing the need to develop the primary sector, Mr Temaru says he is seeking a sustainable economic development.

Mr Temaru says this won't mean that his government will keep asking for more money from France which provides massive direct and indirect transfers.