French village of Tahiti has been named after a poet and the French Revolution leader who led its early years.
The village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been renamed in honour of Pierre Laval, the village’s first mayor, who was born in Tahiti.
Laval, who died in 1918, was a radical republican and one of France’s most important intellectuals.
He wrote a poem that was a precursor of the French Republic’s Declaration of Independence.
The village’s re-design comes as the island is facing a deadly threat from a resurgent Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced millions.
It is also the site of a new nuclear plant that was scheduled to open this month.
A spokesperson for the French government said on Tuesday that the village was named after Laval in honour “of his vision and his influence in the French revolutionary tradition”.
The new village will feature a replica of a French-built barracks that served as a hospital in the 1770s.
The original village was built in 1789 and was named for Pierre Laguerre, a local politician who fought in the defence of French sovereignty against Britain, France and the Spanish.
Laval’s birthplace was also named for the island’s French patron, Jean Baptiste Louis Le Moyne, a political rival of Louis XIV.