16 Jul 2012

French Polynesia's Bruno Sandras now working for pro-independence government

1:55 pm on 16 July 2012

Reports from French Polynesia say that the pro-independence government has hired a former member of the French National Assembly, Bruno Sandras, who was with the UMP.

Mr Sandras has reportedly been employed to work as a lawyer in the section controlling expenditure, following his election loss last month.

He had been elected in 2007 when he was with the anti-independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira but he fell out with its leadership and formed his own party.

Seeking re-election for the Paris seat this year, he lost the UMP's official support.

In response to the snub and after being eliminated in the election's first round, he urged voters to back the candidate of the pro-independence party, but voters chose the Tahoeraa candidate.

Last October, Bruno Sandras was fined and given a suspended prison sentence for his role in a vast phantom job network run by the Tahoeraa a decade ago.