7 Sep 2009

French environment minister postpones trip to the Pacific

1:45 pm on 7 September 2009

The French environment minister, Jean-Louis Borloo, has postponed a Pacific trip shortly after it was officially announced.

Officials say his agenda has become too busy with discussions about a carbon tax and two international conferences on environmental problems caused by global warming.

Mr Borloo was due to arrive in French Polynesia today for a two-day visit to see what efforts are being made in the territory in environmental research, conservation and education.

The minister was also due to make a one-day visit to the Tuvalu capital, Funafuti.

No date has been given when Mr Borloo will now make the visit.