20 May 2013

France's National Front chides UN over Tahiti vote

7:54 pm on 20 May 2013

France's right-wing National Front has denounced the UN General's Assembly's decision to reinscribe French Polynesia on the UN decolonisation list.

France boycotted the sitting, which endorsed the resolution sponsored by six Pacific Island countries.

The National Front described the UN decision as a glaring interference as did the French foreign ministry, who said the UN showed a total lack of respect for the choice made by Polynesian voters.

It says the decision is both stunning and unacceptable because in the territorial election two weeks ago, more than 70 percent of voters chose parties opposed to independence.

France removed French Polynesia from the UN list in 1947.