13 Oct 2006

French Polynesian government snubbed as blockade bites

2:37 pm on 13 October 2006

The French Polynesian government has failed to get an appointment with the French high commission in a bid to end a blockade of Papeete.

A union has cut the main roads to Papeete as part of a strike and protest against high prices, causing traffic jams and disrupting business.

A member of the ruling coalition, Sabrina Birk, says the high commissioner, Anne Boquet, has cancelled a proposed meeting later today with the territorial administration to discuss the crisis.

The French state is responsible for the freedom of movement.

The opposition walked out of the territorial assembly.

Ms Birk says at the same employees from opposition strongholds, Mahina and Pirae, arrived at the assembly.

"There are the ex-GIP, the GIP and the workers of the municipal places of the opposition. This is a political move."

Sabrina Birk says assembly members want to talk to the public to prevent bloodshed.