8 Dec 2010

French assembly honours late Lafleur

10:40 am on 8 December 2010

The French assembly has observed a minute's silence in honour of New Caledonia's Jacques Lafleur who died last Saturday in Australia aged 78.

Mr Lafleur had been a member of the French assembly for 29 years until 2007.

He is to be buried on Friday, with the assembly sending its vice-president, Marc Laffineur, to the funeral in Noumea.

Mr Lafleur's body is due to be flown from Australia to New Caledonia later today.