13 Jan 2006

French Polynesia's ruling coalition claims destabilisation by France and opposition

4:27 pm on 13 January 2006

French Polynesian assembly members of the ruling coalition have accused the opposition and the French government of destabilisation.

This comes after the opposition party led by Gaston Flosse sought a ruling from the French supreme court over aspects of the government budget.

The members of the Union For Democracy say the challenge is part of a scorched earth policy by the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party which lost power in 2004.

According to the Tahitipresse news agency, the assembly president, Antony Geros, has warned that the appeals submitted to the court in Paris will have dire consequences for the territory's economic development.

The MPs also accuse the French state of reneging on the terms for the use of funds because it never anticipated that the Tahoeraa could lose power.