Jail term sought for former French Polynesia president Flosse

11:52 am on 7 September 2021

French prosecutors have asked for a one-year jail sentence for former French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse for filing an incomplete declaration of assets and interests in 2014.

The case against Flosse was heard in a Paris court, with the verdict due on 13 October.

The court heard that he had omitted to declare a $US1.1 milion stake in a property company, $US260,000 in a savings account and 138 art works estimated to be worth almost $US300,000.

The prosecution says given his previous convictions, he should also be fined $US50000 and banned from any political office for five years.

French senator and president of French Polynesia Gaston Flosse in 2014 in the appeal court of Papeete, during his appeal trial in which he is suspected to have received 1,6 million euros in cash between 1993 and 2006 to favour the companies of French businessman Hubert Haddad.

Former French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse Photo: AFP

However, Flosse should be allowed to serve his sentence with an electronic bracelet at home because he is more than 90 years-old.

The defence admitted there were errors and omissions, but no intention to defraud.

It asked the court to be considerate, given his contribution to the community.

Flosse has several corruption convictions and has been banned from holding office since 2014 when he was stripped of his seat in the French Senate and then lost the French Polynesian presidency.

His last conviction for abusing public funds came in Tahiti in December when he and the current president Edouard Fritch were fined and ordered to jointly settle a water bill of $US820,000.

The scheme to supply a few homes for free but to make the public pay was arranged by Flosse and continued by Fritch in their roles as mayors of Pirae.

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