15 Oct 2010

Paris clarifies implications of Tahiti finance report

9:32 am on 15 October 2010

The French high commission in Papeete says there is no plan for it to take over the drafting of the budget of French Polynesia in its economic crisis.

This comes after a Tahiti newspaper obtained the full French government financial report which outlines massive cuts to be made in French Polynesia.

The report urges that the size of the administration be reduced and warns of services risking closure, including the end of Tahiti Nui TV.

The high commission has issued a statement, saying that it is up to the territorial administration to take quick and courageous measures to address the financial situation.

It says only if the necessary measures have been ignored can there be a situation where the high commission is mandated to step in to run the finances.