17 May 2012

Lurel appointment welcomed in French Pacific

5:36 pm on 17 May 2012

There has been a generally positive reaction in the French Pacific to the nomination in Paris of Victorin Lurel as the new overseas territories minister.

The Socialist politician from Guadeloupe, who was at Francois Hollande's side during part of the presidential race, says he will not favour any territory over another.

In New Caledonia, the Rassemblement-UMP's Gael Yanno says the choice of an overseas politician carries the risk of a ghettoisation of overseas issues in the national debate in France.

French Polynesian leaders say they expect that the loan arrangements between Paris and Papeete are being applied as fairly as possible.

Tomorrow, Mr Lurel will take over the portfolio from Marie-Luce Penchard, who will stand against him in Guadeloupe in next month's election of a new French National Assembly.