Macron trip to Tahiti deferred until 2020

10:29 am on 6 July 2019
French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch

French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch Photo: AFP

The French president Emmanuel Macron has deferred his trip to French Polynesia planned for this year until 2020.

This was announced in Paris by the visiting French Polynesian president Edouard Fritch.

It is not known what has prompted the change in travel plans.

During Mr Fritch's last visit to Paris two weeks ago, he held discussions with an Elysee Palace official who was expected to make several trips to Papeete to prepare the presidential visit.

Last year, Mr Macron announced he would hold a summit with Pacific Islands leaders in Tahiti this year.

Weeks earlier, Mr Fritch said Mr Macron was going to attend this year's meeting in Tahiti of the European Union's Overseas Countries and Territories Association.

The latest announcement says Mr Macron plans to hold an environmental conference for the Pacific to be known as One Planet Summit in Tahiti in April.

Last year, he said France wanted to anchor itself in the challenges of the Pacific region, which is marked by climate change.

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