30 Jun 2010

French Polynesia autonomy day a low-key affair

12:58 pm on 30 June 2010

There has been a low-key ceremony in French Polynesia to mark the territory's autonomy.

The event was attended by the President, Gaston Tong Sang, but not by the territory's other key pro-autonomy leader, Gaston Flosse.

Mr Tong Sang noted the absence of the French high commissioner, Adolphe Colrat, saying French Polynesia is part of France.

The pro-independence camp has been marking June the 29th as a day of mourning and the loss of independence as on this day in 1880 the Tahitian king signed a deal with France which annexed the kingdom

This year, there have been no parades and there will be no reception.