H.E ÉDOUARD FRITCH

PRESIDENT

FRENCH POLYNESIA

Édouard Fritch became president of French Polynesia in September 2014. From 1995 to 2005, and again from 2008 to 2011, he was vice-president of the government.

President Fritch became a member of the Assembly of French Polynesia in 1986 and has been re-elected as a member several times between 1986 till 2013. He was elected the president of the Assembly of French Polynesia in 2007 and again in 2013. Furthermore, President Fritch has also been the Major of the City of Pirae.

President Fritch has held a number of parliamentary positions from 1984 to 2011 including:

  • Minister of Infrastructure, Regional Planning, Energy and Mining of the Local Government of French Polynesia (1984-1986).
  • Deputy of French Polynesia in place of Mr. Gaston Flosse, appointed member of the government and member of the Parliamentary group of the Union for the Republic (RPR) (1986-1988).
  • Minister for Maritime Affairs, Development of Archipelagos, Land Affairs, in charge of relationships with the territorial Assembly and economic, social and cultural Council and posts and telecommunications (1991-1993).
  • Minister for maritime affairs, development of archipelagos, land affairs and posts and telecommunications (1993).
  • Vice-President of the Government of French Polynesia (1995).
  • Minister for development of archipelagos and posts and telecommunications, in charge of devolution of administrative resources, Vice-President of the Government of French Polynesia (1996).
  • Vice-President of French Polynesia, Minister for employment, vocational training, development of archipelagos, devolution of administrative resources, new technologies and posts (2001).
  • Vice-President of French Polynesia, Minister for employment, vocational training, preparation of young people for their entry to working life, development of communes, urban and community life (2004).
  • Vice-President of French Polynesia, Minister for employment, vocational training and development of communes (2008).
  • Vice-President of the Government in 2009, until February 2011.

He is a graduate of the Paris School of Engineers (Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris) and has studied at La Mennais High school in Tahiti and Ecole spéciale des travaux publics (ESTP) in Paris.

President Fritch is the son of Edgard Hewlett Fritch and Tetuahirau Nora Edmée nee Richmond and he was born on 4 January 1952 in Papeete, French Polynesian. He has four children; Manuarii, Paméla, Joan and Tetuaura.