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Mixed results for Macron in French islands

Tahiti’s Tematai Le Gayic has become the youngest person to be elected to the French legislature at the age of 21 years.

He is one of the three Tahitians who have secured seats in the French National Assembly. All three are the candidates of the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira Party.

The results are unprecedented. Provisional results show he narrowly defeated Nicole Bouteau of the ruling Tapura Huiraatira party.

Tavini’s Moetai Brotherson was re-elected for a second term, and he will be joined by Steve Chailloux.

Tahitian President Edouard Fritch said the defeated Tapura candidates were aligned with the majority of President Emmanuel Macron.

Tavini’s Moetai Brotherson (pictured) was re-elected for a second term, and he will be joined by Steve Chailloux. Picture: Moetai Brotherson Facebook

If the results are to go by anything, people have been raising questions on how Tahiti would push its concerns in Paris and how it can ask for France’s support.

While it was the pro-independence party in Tahiti, the other French colony had contrasting results.

New Caledonia’s anti-independence candidates retained the territory’s two seats in the French National Assembly, defeating the challengers of the pro-independence FLNKS.

Tahiti’s three men who will be present in the French Assembly. Picture: Steve Chailloux Facebook

Philippe Dunoyer has been re-elected for a second five-year term, standing for a four-party coalition tied to the French president Emmanuel Macron.

Winning about two thirds of the votes, he defeated Wali Wahetra in the constituency which includes Noumea and the outer islands.

In the other constituency, the mayor of La Foa, Nicolas Metzdorf, defeated the FLNKS’s Gerard Reignier.

Tahiti’s Tematai Le Gayic has become the youngest person to be elected to the French legislature at the age of 21 years. Picture: Tematai Le Gayic Facebook

The results show a deep divide between the two sides, with Mr Reignier securing more than 96 per cent of the votes in mainly Kanak electorates.

The National Assembly election, unlike the referendums, is open to all French citizens in New Caledonia.

Unlike the provincial elections which have rolls restricted to indigenous people and long-term residents.

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From Wallis and Futuna, another Pacific nation under France, Mikaele Seo has won the territory’s seat in the French National Assembly.

Mr Seo beat the opposition backed Etuato Mulukihaamea by just 70 votes, which is a score so tight that it may get challenged.

Mr Seo is the president of the permanent commission of the assembly of Wallis and Futuna. He made his way to the Paris seat in 2019 after the last winner Sylvain Brial fell ill and had to quit his post.

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