13 Sep 2006

French Polynesian man arrested for making bomb threat

6:36 pm on 13 September 2006

French police have arrested a man who had threatened to place a bomb at the French Polynesian assembly.

The arrest was made only hours after the unnamed Tahitian-speaking man phoned the assembly in Tahiti.

Police and firefighters arrived at the scene but staff on the premises were not evacuated while an assembly committee continued its work.

A French high commission official said it was decided to let work continue as not go give in to panic.

Initial media reports linked the call to a court case involving former members of the GIP intervention force.