Edouard Fritch was elected President of French Polynesia on September 12, 2014. He was born on January 4, 1952 in Papeete. After studying in Tahiti, he entered the engineering school of the City of Paris, graduating from the Paris Architecture Department in 1979. A year later, he returned to Tahiti to take care of the municipal works of the city of Pirae, before heading the Territorial Office of Social Housing (OTHS) in 1982. In 1984, he entered the government as Minister of Public Works. In 1995, he became vice-president of French Polynesia, until 2005.
In 2009, he was again Vice-President, while holding the portfolios of community development and skills transfer, coordination of actions related to the conversion of military sites, communication, relations with institutions and government spokespersons. He served until the end of February 2011. He also served as Mayor of the municipality of Pirae between May 2000 and March 2008. He was re-elected Mayor in March 2014.