French Polynesia's government has expressed regret at employers challenging a new law aimed at giving preference to local job seekers.
The law was passed by the assembly in July with the support of an overwhelming majority but it is now being tested in France's highest administrative court by Tahiti employer organistions.
They claim that the law, which has been expected to come into force in January, is too complex as it grades access to work with the duration of an applicant's residence.
The government says the law was drawn up after long consultations and reflects broadly held concerns about outsiders getting jobs.
It said earlier that positive discrimination was allowed because of the autonomy statute enshrined in the constitution.
The employment minister had said it was important that jobs were reserved for French Polynesians when people with the same qualifications and experience apply.