21 Feb 2014

Paris scraps law to form Tahiti's High Council

4:43 pm on 21 February 2014

The highest administrative court in France has ruled that French Polynesia's local law to set up a High Council is invalid.

The High Council was formed by the newly elected government last year and tasked with determining whether laws drawn up by the territorial assembly were in line with the constitution.

The law was challenged by the French high commissioner and by the pro-independence opposition.

The court ruling means that a High Council can only be set up after a vote in the French National Assembly