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Canada Emmanuel Macron in French Polynesia: The inhabitants of Papeete Shared between Warm Welcome and Claims on Nuclear Testing

17:20  24 july  2021
17:20  24 july  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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After Sound Moving Japan for the Olympic Games , Emmanuel Macron continues his trip to French Polynesia. It must arrive in the evening of Saturday, July 24, Sunday for the metropolis, in Papeete in Tahiti. The head of state is expected on substantive topics, including the nuclear tests that took place from 1966 to 1996 .

Flower Necklaces, Smiles and Claims

Papeete Halles have been made beautiful with palm branches hanging from the floor to the ceiling, as if to guide the footsteps of Emmanuel Macron so far. "We are all the question if it goes through the market, explains a woman. All these decorations and my smile, it's for him." Rava, seller of lemons, papayas and mangoes, has a frangipanier flower in the hair. She looks forward to the arrival of the president.

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For us, it is grandiose a president who comes from France. It's like it's the god who arrives!

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because it is the head of state, Emmanuel Macron will have the smiles and the warm welcome but the Republic is not very popular in Polynesia. In the first round of the presidential election in 2017, the President arrived very far behind François Fillon. Jahlov, who sells Monoi, still does not intend to vote Macron next year. "It's about nuclear power," he explains. They made a round table and it's always the same answers that fall all the time. " Doctrine to treat the consequences of French nuclear trials on Polynesian atolls and its recognized victims remains to repair without apology.

"At the time, there were 193 bombs, it is not nothing. That's what also did the greatness of France, it is thanks to us. We must recognize the Polynesian people."

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Polynesia also expects the president about the sanitary crisis. The archipelago is not spared by COVID-19 and only a little over a third of the inhabitants are vaccinated. The fault with rumors and false information circulating here. "You have to cancel the vaccine, it's dangerous for health, we do not know what ingredient we put in", believes, suspicious, a woman met by Franceinfo on the spot.

Emmanuel Macron will have a message to push to vaccination before escaping a few hours from the news towards the Marquesas Islands. It will be a first visit of a president on these islands located 1,500 kilometers from French Polynesia. He will return transformed, assures Dacia, herself Marquisiente. "Spirit, it will be lighter, predicting it. I think it's going to be the first time he will be so calm because here, it's cool life."

Memorial Policy: For Jean Garrigues, Macron "goes further" than his predecessors .
© Ludovic Marin / AFP by recognizing "a debt" of France with regard to French Polynesia after the nuclear tests carried out for 30 years In the Pacific, Emmanuel Macron is "in coherence" with his memorial policy since the beginning of his five-year, estimates the historian Jean Garrigues, on Europe 1. His speech was very awaited by the inhabitants.

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