Flosse and Sarkozy to up Tahiti nuclear compo

2:11 pm on 17 October 2016

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party says it is about to sign a convention with France's Republicans to increase French nuclear compensation payments.

The Tahoeraa leader, the territory's former president Gaston Flosse, has told the public broadcaster that the convention would raise the annual transfer from $US90 million to $US 165 million.

The deal is part of preparations of next year's general elections in France, including the presidential election, which a former president Nicolas Sarkozy wants to contest.

Former French President and candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains  party primaries ahead of the 2017 presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Chaumont in the Haute-Marne region on October 14, 2016.

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will enjoy the support of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Photo: AFP

The Tahoeraa switched its support to the Republicans' and Mr Sarkozy after Flosse failed to strike a deal with Mr Sarkozy's rival Alain Juppe.

Flosse, who is banned from office because of a corruption conviction, alleged in March that Mr Sarkozy used the judicial system to get and keep him out of politics.

Earlier this month, Paris and the French Polynesian government agreed to formalise the annual payment of more than $US100 million of the autonomy fund which was originally conceived as a subsidy to help convert the territory's economy after the end of the tests in 1996.

In the last election, the Tahoeraa won two thirds of all seats but the party has since split, with most members now in the Tapura Huiraatira party which is the main group in the ruling coalition government.