June 16, 2004

BET MR. TEMARU GETS INVITED TO CRAWFORD BEFORE CHIRAC:

Polynesia voters set stage for showdown with Paris (Nick Squires, 16/06/2004, Daily Telegraph)

One of France's farthest-flung and most exotic colonial possessions, French Polynesia, elected its first pro-independence leader yesterday in a blow to the government in Paris.

The new head of state, Oscar Temaru, replaced a long-time political ally of President Jacques Chirac as president. The new man favours independence for the South Pacific archipelago, also known by the name of its main island, Tahiti.

The high tension of the past few weeks is at odds with French Polynesia's reputation as the epitome of South Seas tranquillity and romance, an image first fostered by 18th century explorers such as Capt James Cook.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2004 8:17 AM
Comments

Most South Seas explorers, including Cook, ended up in the stewpot, so that last part is all wrong.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 16, 2004 7:47 PM

Oscar will save Tahiti .If only he had a twin brother to save America.......
By the way , he and BILL are friends...

Posted by: mau at July 23, 2004 3:50 AM
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