France returns army land to TahitiStaff Writer | May 10, 2018
The French government has returned two more plots of land held by the military in French Polynesia to local governments.
Pacific France annexed Tahiti and its islands in 1880
One is just over half a hectare in FFrench Polynesia Faaa and the other is five hectares in Mahina which was used by the Atomic Energy Commission.
A statement said given the shortage of land on Tahiti, the deal was an "exceptional" opportunity for the territory.
France has said in total it will give the communes and the territorial government 22 hectares, worth about $US43 million, to set up businesses and build houses.
The return of the land was first announced in 2008 by the then French defence minister Herve Morin when he confirmed further defence cuts after the end of nuclear weapons tests in 1996.
France annexed Tahiti and its islands in 1880 but later excised Moruroa and Fangataufa for the atomic testing programme.
The two atolls remain French no-go zones. ■