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Macron addresses unrest in New Caledonia, pledges to restore order

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French President Emmanuel Macron has labelled the recent violent protests in New Caledonia as an unexpected “unprecedented insurrection movement.”

While visiting police headquarters in Nouméa, Macron emphasized the challenges ahead but committed to restoring peace in the territory, where riots have resulted in six deaths, including two police officers, and numerous injuries.

The unrest, sparked by a contentious electoral reform, marks the worst violence in the French-Pacific territory since the 1980s.

Indigenous Kanaks, who constitute 40% of the population, oppose the new law that extends voting rights to longer-term French residents, fearing it undermines their influence.

Despite the turmoil, which began on May 13, Macron is determined not to extend the state of emergency, even hinting at its possible end soon. A deployment of 3,000 troops will remain in place to ensure stability, with Macron prioritising the rapid restoration of peace and security.

As discussions with local and separatist leaders continue, France faces the challenge of balancing increased political autonomy under the 1998 Nouméa Accord with the demands of both indigenous and newer French residents.

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  1. Who owns the mining corporations ? Probably the same who owns this clown.
    It always surprises me how much he is talked about. Despised by most of the french and despised by the rest of the world

    • We are next. Just look at the COVID tyranny, the talk of hate speech laws and enhanced surveillance(something the French are applauding long with this latest globalist govt)….neo colonialism is coming to NZ unless we say NO……

  2. The last vestige of tin pot Frog imperialism…..and I wonder if they will be able to hold onto this ill gotten gain too….the locals are putting up quite a fight but then they know what the alternative is………..

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