French leaders declared their support for Gaston Flosse and the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party during a meeting of the Union for a Popular Movement, France's ruling party.
Radio New Zealand International reports Nicolas Sarkozy, the party leader and France's interior minister, called Flosse's party a partner with the UPM during the Paris meeting.
Flosse continues to be a member of the French Polynesian Territorial Assembly and French Senate despite a law against convict politicians from taking office.
Flosse was convicted in June of corruption and handed a suspended three-month sentence. He hasn't appealed that ruling.
The UPM also retained Flosse as French Polynesia's departmental party secretary.