17 Oct 2012

Tahiti opposition hits back over alleged history re-write

6:33 pm on 17 October 2012

French Polynesia's opposition has hit back at the ruling pro-independence party, accusing it of re-writing history in its attack of pro-French politicians.

The Tahoeraa Huiraatira rejects blame for the territory now being in survival mode, saying after all Oscar Temaru has been in power in five of the past eight years.

This comes after Tavini Huiraatira took heart from a speech in Senegal by the French President Francois Hollande, who spoke of a new relationship with France's former colonies in Africa.

The Tahoeraa says what can the government say about 30 percent unemployment or its big deficit.

It says instead of going everywhere for support for independence he should start with this at home by asking people at home first if they want a referendum on self-determination.