5 Aug 2014

Hollande urged to decide Flosse fate

2:21 pm on 5 August 2014

A leading French Polynesian opposition politician, Teva Rohfritsch, has called on Francois Hollande to not delay deciding the political fate of the territory's president, Gaston Flosse.

Last month, Flosse was stripped of all his offices by France's highest court because of corruption, but the French government has refused to serve the sentence.

French Polynesia's veteran leader Gaston Flosse.

French Polynesia's veteran leader Gaston Flosse. Photo: AFP

At the same time, Paris accepted an application by Flosse to seek a presidential pardon and it allowed him to stay in office.

Mr Rohfritsch of the A Tia Porinetia Party has told local television he is shocked by the move and calls for the law to be applied.

"I would like to address to Mr Francois Hollande. In any case our strongest wish is not to let things drag out because it puts into question fundamental things of the republic, the separation of power. The judiciary has made its decision and the executive cannot just lift it."

Teva Rohfritsch, the leader of the A Tia Porinetia Party.