French Polynesia party lashes out at France after court ruling

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Pro-independence party Tavini Huiraatira says President Macron's France has declared open season on its opponents.

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The Tavini Huiraatira party has reacted to the decision by France's highest court to declare the party leader Oscar Temaru ineligible for his assembly seat for a year because of election campaign finance irregularities, reports Radio New Zealand.

Mr Temaru disputes the facts and says the experts advising the court found that he complied with the rules and should not be disqualified.

His party says in 99 percent of cases the court follows the expert opinion.

However, it alleges that Paris decided to punish him for recently announcing at the UN that all living French presidents were being taken to International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity over France's 193 nuclear weapons test.

On his return to Tahiti at the weekend, Mr Temaru said he filed the case with the ICC for the friends he had seen die and for those still suffering poor health as a result of the weapons tests.

He was met by a crowd of supporters as well as his long-time rival Gaston Flosse, who described the move against Mr Temaru as bizarre.

Read more of this report from Radio New Zealand.

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