21 Jun 2013

Annulled laws prompt call to make Tahitian official language

3:37 pm on 21 June 2013

The president of French Polynesia's territorial assembly, Edouard Fritch, has called for a change of the French constitution to recognise Tahitian as an official language.

This comes after the French supreme court last week struck out two local laws about pension provisions because not all of the debate in the territorial assembly had been in French.

Mr Fritch has asked the French President to accommodate the Tahitian language, pointing out that all debates have simultaneous translations and all records are kept in French.

He says such a change would offer greater certainty and guarantee the freedom to use Tahitian.

While striking out the laws, the court said Tahitian was recognised to guarantee French Polynesia's identity and diversity and the French constitution upheld that all regional languages belong to the heritage of France.