12 Jan 2011

French Polynesia's Temaru says Sarkozy warning is unacceptable

10:49 am on 12 January 2011

The president of the French Polynesian assembly, Oscar Temaru, is the latest politician to denounce the French President's warning that Paris will intervene if the territory's affairs end up in a shambles.

Mr Temaru says the comment by Nicolas Sarkozy is unacceptable, adding that it was France that created a mess in the first place as colonisation has never done any good.

He says with the nuclear weapons tests, France has created a more than just a mess whose economic consequences are yet to be measured.

In an interview with the Nouvelles de Tahiti, Mr Temaru says all development that followed the tests have no proper basis and created an artificial economy.

But now, he says, France is telling the territory to assume responsibility for its situation.