2005/03/06

Oscar Temaru becomes President of French Polynesia

Oscar Temaru, the leader of the pro-independence movement, has become the President of French Polynesia. His election ends the reign of Gaston Flosse, who was supported by Jacques Chirac in the election.
France claimed sovereignty over the islands in 1880. Since then it has been an outpost of France. It was at one stage the furthest outpost of the European Economic Community (now the EU). But in recent decades the islands have been angered by French decisions to test nuclear weapons in the South Pacific.
Temaru will begin to move the country away from the domineering French and look towards other Pacific Island countries. They are on the slow path to independence from the French.

The French Polynesian people should be congradulated for moving their country towards full self governance and independence. It is also an important time for regional partners to come forward and ensure that French Polynesia can become self-sufficent and not fall into chaos as a number of post-colonial island countries have.

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"The French Polynesian people should be congradulated for moving their country towards full self governance and independence "

I agree wholeheartedly. We have no business being there, especially since our feable excuse of finding remote islands for nuke testing ended decades ago.

Let's hope the new indenpendant gov can survive post-colonial take-over without 1/2 the population living off the Fr gov RMI (=dole). We have enough mainland economic problems already. But as always, the left-overs of imperialism leave their devastations marks. I can only hope our gov does the right thing and continues to financially prop up Fr Polynesia while it's trying to emancipate from white rule. 

Posted by WhyNot
3/06/2005 03:33:00 am  
I don't think they're looking at total independence at the moment especially as they are so dependent on France. But, hopefully if this is what the people want France will help rather than hinder their desire to be free and self-sustaining. The Socialist Party here has been outspoken in calling Flosse a Chirac stooge and the fact that Flosse has been in office 16 years says he's probably been a yes-man to previous presidents as well. I don't know the politics well enough to say.

I read that nuclear testing was responsible for the economic upsurge there. Disgusting when you really think about it, isn't it?
 

Posted by Dianne
3/06/2005 09:46:00 am  
"I read that nuclear testing was responsible for the economic upsurge there "

Maybe they should develop their own nukes? Surely NZ and Australia then couldn't complain about them blowing nukes on their own land, LOL. 

Posted by WhyNot
3/06/2005 01:36:00 pm  

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