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He is a face well-known to Polynesians. A journalist since 2003 at Polynésie La Première, the native department of France Télévisions, James Raihere Heaux, 39, can also be one of many presenters of the tv information. In 2018, he entered politics underneath the wing of Gaston Flosse, the all-powerful former president of French Polynesia. On Mr. Flosse's autonomist checklist, James Raihere Heaux was elected consultant to the Assembly of French Polynesia. He continues to work as a journalist in parallel – however refrains from protecting political topics.

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But, in 2022, he falls out together with his mentor, who accuses him of not “do nothing for the population” and to “fill the pockets” together with his consultant allowance (4,400 euros) mixed together with his journalist wage. James Raihere Heaux then turns to Gaston Flosse's political adversaries: the independence get together, on the left of the native political spectrum. “I was hoping for a position in the government of Moetai Brotherson after his victory in the 2023 territorial elections, he had offered me sports, but then I had no further news, he regrets. Independence, I believed in it, I no longer believe in it. » According to him, “the separatists did nothing, it’s a principle of reality, we believed in the promises, and ultimately it was better before”.

When the Head of State introduced the dissolution of the National Assembly on June 9, James Raihere Heaux hoped to relaunch himself in politics. The leaders of the 2 important native autonomist events reject his candidacy. “I thought about going it alone, but it costs too much,” he admits. But the day earlier than the closing of purposes, Sunday June 16, he acquired a name from the native chief of the National Rally (RN). “When Eric Minardi called me on Saturday evening, he was urgently looking for candidates, I said to myself, “why not?”, as a result of I help the plurality of candidates. »

“Political nomadism”

How will we transfer from separatists to the far proper? “It’s a win-win partnership: they are looking for a candidate, I want to submit applications”he justifies. “If it is opportunism to be able to represent the interests of Polynesians in the National Assembly, then yes, it is,” assumes the journalist. He additionally admits not understanding his substitute, chosen by the native chief of the RN, whom he doesn’t know both, “except by reputation”.

“Political nomadism is characteristic of Polynesian political life”, remembers the political scientist Sémir Al Wardi. According to him, the National Rally addresses themes in Polynesia which can be pricey to native voters, comparable to nuclear energy and the price of dwelling. But “the RN is not clearly situated in the autonomist/independence divide and remains apart from the two big ones, the Tavini and the autonomist alliance: this is its weakness”.

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