2 Apr 2008

Sarkozy to visit French Polynesia, Bruni to give concert this month, says local radio

1:43 pm on 2 April 2008

French Polynesian radio says the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is expected to make an official visit to Tahiti this month.

The visit is to coincide with a concert by his wife, Carla Bruni, in Papeete.

The report comes after claims that Mr Sarkozy's planned visit was annulled following the surprise return of Gaston Flosse to the presidency.

Mr Sarkozy's UMP Party severed all ties with Mr Flosse's Tahoeraa Huiraatira after the election in February when Mr Flosse declined to enter into a coalition with the French-backed To Tatou Aia group.

The radio says the tourist sector has been inundated with enquiries ahead of the visit.