Tahiti MP keen on joining new overseas French group

7:42 pm on 19 June 2017

French Polynesia's new pro-independence member of the French National Assembly says he plans to form or join a group of parliamentarians made up of politicians from France's overseas territories.

Moetai Brotherson is the first ever politician of the Tavini Huiraatira Party to win a seat in the French Assembly.

He secured his seat in the run-off against a candidate of the ruling Tapura Huiraatira Party which won the two other seats.

The two are set to give allegiance to the camp of President Emmanuel Macron.

Mr Brotherson told Radio1 that should no such new group be set up, he was expected to ally himself with the left party led by Jean-Luc Melenchon.

His election followed the surprise support from Vincent Dubois, the unsuccessful first round candidate of the anti-independenceTahoeraa Huiraatira Party

None of the politicians standing in the French Pacific had the official support of President Macron's En Marche movement.