Pacific French territories get new high commissioners

PARIS, 12 JULY 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The French government has appointed new High Commissioners for both New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

In New Caledonia, Laurent Prevost will succeed Thierry Lataste who oversaw last year’s independence referendum.

Prevost, who will take up his post in Noumea next month, is the outgoing prefect of Val-de-Marne in mainland France.

In French Polynesia, Dominique Sorain will take up his post in August, ending the vacancy created in May when Rene Bidal left before his departure had been announced.

Sorain is the outgoing prefect of the French Indian Ocean department of Mayotte.

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