Socialist primaries go ahead in Tahiti after all

12:47 pm on 19 January 2017

France's Socialist Party will hold primaries for the presidential election in French Polynesia this weekend and next.

Edouard Fritch addresses the UN decolonisation debate

Edouard Fritch Photo: supplied / French Polynesian Presidency

The public broadcaster said a candidate and former prime minister Manuel Valls contacted the French Polynesia president Edouard Fritch and asked him to hold them for the sake of democracy.

The party struggled to finalise plans for primaries but now four locations will open for the vote.

When the primaries were last organised by the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira, there were 200 polling stations.

Manuel Valls, who served under the outgoing President Francois Hollande, is seen as the front-runner for the nomination.

The centre-right Republicans have selected Francois Fillon as their nominee.

Mr Fritch, who endorsed a losing Republicans' candidacy, has expressed alarm at Mr Fillon's plans to slash public sector spending.

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