23 Apr 2012

French Polynesia President campaigns for decolonisation during election

10:35 am on 23 April 2012

The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has used the French presidential election to push his decolonisation message.

His supporters have been distributing a letter in public places, signed by Mr Temaru, which urges everyone to become an ambassador for his campaign to reinscribe the territory on the UN decolonisation list.

Mr Temaru says his initiative is legitimate and recognised, adding that he will take his campaign back to the UN later this year.

All but one of the 10 candidates in the French presidential election are opposed to Mr Temaru's quest for self-determination.

The key candidates, however, all support the decolonisation process chosen for New Caledonia, which was reinscribed on the UN list in 1986.

Earlier this month, Australia publicly rebuffed Mr Temaru's position, saying Canberra takes its lead on the matter from Paris.

Meanwhile, results from the French Pacific show that in New Caledonia, Mr Sarkozy won nearly 50 percent of the votes, with Mr Holland just under 25 percent.

In France, with voting having ended, exit polls indicate that Mr Hollande took up to 30 per cent of votes in the first round, with Mr Sarkozy in second place.

In French Polynesia Mr Sarkozy won more than 45 percent of the vote, with Mr Hollande coming second at 32 percent.

In Wallis and Futuna, Mr Hollande won more than 48 percent, with Mr Sarkozy in second place at 37 percent.