17 Sep 2014

Flosse stripped of his French Senate seat

7:38 am on 17 September 2014

France's constitutional court has stripped Gaston Flosse of his seat in the French Senate because of a corruption conviction.

This comes ten days after Flosse lost the presidency in French Polynesia where the French High Commission had served him the sentence for corruption.

Flosse's term was due to expire at the end of the month and he had not sought re-election at the end of next week.

His party is expected to secure the territory's two seats in the French Senate, with one of his son-in-laws, Vincent Dubois, standing.

Tahiti's daily recently reported that Flosse was the Senate's only member not to attend a single sitting in the past year while drawing a full salary.