22 May 2008

French Polynesian president urges contract to be passed

12:00 pm on 22 May 2008

The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, has urged the opposition to let his To Tatou Aia coalition vote on a 680 million US dollar French development contract.

Mr Tong Sang had flown to Paris last weekend in the hope the contract would be passed in the assembly before tomorrow's scheduled signing with the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.

But additions to the deal and the opposition's demand for discussons at a committee level have delayed any possible vote until after the meeting with Mr Sarkozy.

Mr Tong Sang says he now expects to meet the French president in another month or two for the contract to be signed.

After meeting the French Prime Minister, Francois Fillon, he expressed support for broader French reforms, saying a franc more in public expenses means a franc more in tax.