Macron expected to visit French Polynesia mid-April

2:06 pm on 30 January 2020

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, is expected to visit French Polynesia from 16 to 18 April to host two major conferences.

French President Emmanuel Macron  at the Elysee Palace in Paris

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French Polynesian president Edouard Fritch provided the dates to reporters in Paris, but there has been no statement from the Elysee Palace.

Mr Fritch said in preparation of the visit, the French overseas minister Annick Girardin would arrive in Tahiti this weekend.

He said Mr Macron would host the fourth France-Oceania summit of the countries belonging to the Pacific Islands Forum.

The French will then host the next One Planet Summit.

When announcing his initiative in 2018, Mr Macron said France wanted to anchor itself in the challenges of the Pacific region, which is marked by climate change.

The summit was due to be held last year but Mr Macron cancelled it in July.

Once Mr Macron arrives, he will be only the third French president to have visited French Polynesia in the past quarter of a century.

His stay will coincide with discussions on how to mark the legacy of French nuclear weapons tests.

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