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Former president of French Polynesia and leader of the pro independence movement, Oscar Temaru, was a surprise observer at the 48th Pacific Islands Forum summit in Apia last week.
The veteran campaigner said he was concerned at French government intentions to again remove his country off the UN Decolonisation Committee's list of non-self governing states.
French Polynesia had been taken off the UN list in 1947 and put back on it in 2013.
That move angered France and now Temaru believes France is moving to take his country off the list again.
He said he was in Apia to ask Pacific leaders for support to stop this.
"They have to know that behind the scene France is trying to remove us from the list of non-autonomous countries at the United Nations," said Temaru.
Unlike on previous occasions the communique after this Forum made no mention of the quest by French Polynesia for independence.
Meanwhile, another French Polynesian assembly member has decided to quit the once dominant anti-independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira party of Gaston Flosse.
According to Tahiti Nui TV, Juliette Nupure has left the party without giving a reason.
This came just days after Patricia Amaru left the Tahoeraa, saying she was going because her work for the party had not been recognised.
Both have said they would join the bloc led by President Edouard Fritch.
This brings to three the number of Tahoeraa politicians to leave within the past month.
The latest defections have culled the number of Tahoeraa members to about a third of the 38 which had been chosen at the last election.
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