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DIRECT. Violence in New Caledonia: new feared riots in the face of repression in Nouméa

This Friday, the dialogue between Caledonian independence activists and the government seems to have broken down. New riots are greatly feared in the face of the threat of repression that hangs over Nouméa. The Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti spoke this morning of "firmé and speedé" so that "the republican order is reestablished".

The essentials

  • Violence is still observed in New Caledonia, but Thursday night Friday wasé "calmer and more peacefulée" thanks to à state of emergency for the first time in four days indicated Louis Le Franc, High Commissioner of the Republic, at a press conference.
  • In Nouméa, the situation remains tense in several neighborhoods which are no longer under the control of the police and where "hundreds of rioters await contact with the police".
  • Five people have died since Monday and the start of the riots. The victims are three Kanak civilians and two gendarmes, one of the members of the police was killed. victim of an "accidental shooting" from one of his colleagues. The perpetrator of one of these homicides turned himself in, said the High Commissioner without providing any further information.
  • Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti held a press conference this Friday morning at 10 hours. "If the dams are ambushes intended for " wait à life or &agrav; particularly harm internal security forces, then it must be pursued. The three words of my criminal circular: firmness, speed, systematicity. Because the republican order must be reestablished and it is imperative (like the riots that we experienced in the past). ;tropolis) justice must take its full part in its responses" he indicated in particular.
  • For its part, the CCAS fears a conflagration in the event of repression by the French state: & quot;Tensions are dropping a notch, We hope that sending additional resources there does not offer means of recovery 'pressure that would only make things worse" explains Dominique Fochi, one of those responsible for the 1st New Caledonia era.


12:30 – "There is no shortage problem" reassures Louis Le Franc

"There is no problem of shortage, in terms of stock. There are storage areas for food products, pharmaceutical products. There are two boats that have arrived at the port of Noumea (…) which are full of food products. Now we have to unload them" declared this morning the High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia, Louis Le Franc during a press conference.

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12:20 – Cars set on fire Dumbéa

La 1ère New Calédonie indicates that cars were damaged. set on fire "in the grounds of the town hall of Dumbéa" this Friday. "The firefighters succeeded " éput out the fire". The mayor, Yoan Lecourieux, "says he is worried about the future". 

12:11 – The first reinforcements arrived at Nouméa

Petit à small, planes carrying army reinforcements arrive in New Caledonia. "It's a massive and immediate arrival of reinforcements" explains the High Commissioner of the Republic, Louis Le Franc. These reinforcements concern gendarmes, police officers, GIGN, CRS and firefighters. 1,000 homes are expected to strengthen an already existing system. exceptional composition of 1,700 field personnel.

11:55 – "We will be on the sideé traders and businesses to rebuild" indicates Gabriel Attal

"With the President of the Republic and the Government, the return & order and calm in New Caledonia is our priority" said the Prime Minister on X this Friday, after a new interministerial crisis unit. "Bruno the Mayor brought together the economic representatives this morning and will receive the insurers next week. We will be next to you traders and businesses to rebuild" indicated&eac; Gabriel Attal.

11:39 – The army deployed to Noumea-Magenta Airport

In support of law enforcement, the army is now deployed in front of Noum&a-Magenta airport, BFMTV indicates this Friday. "Under no circumstances will there be any deliberate use of lethal force by the armed forces in question. es" explains the ministry.

11:10 – The CCAT fears a conflagration in the event of repression

The heads of the Field Coordination Unit, the CCAT, are calling for calm this Friday from Paris. At the same time, members of the CCAT fear that the deployment of new law enforcement on site, announced Thursday by the French Prime Minister does not aggravate the situation:  "Tensions are going down a notch, We hope that sending additional resources will help. The comments there do not offer means of repression which would only make things worse. explains Dominique Fochi on the 1ère New Calédonie.

10:57 – Dupond-Moretti: "We will favor a single audience for minors"

"We will favor the single hearing for minors, we are considering the transfers of criminals arrested and placed under arrest warrant ;eposit in mainland France, to avoid contamination of minds and ensure security. within penitentiary establishments" continues Eric Dupond-Moretti.

10:54 – "Firmness, speed, systematicity" ad Dupond-Moretti

"In my circular I ask prosecutors to pay particular attention to violence which aims to injure or attempt the lives of prison staff. "If the roadblocks are ambushes intended for wait à life or &agrav; particularly harm internal security forces, then it must be pursued. The three words of my criminal circular: firmness, speed, systematicity. Because the republican order must be reestablished and it is imperative (like the riots that we experienced in mainland France ) justice must take its full part in its responses" said Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti this Friday during his press conference on the situation in New Caledonia.

10:31 – No new arrests during the night of Thursday à Friday

No new injuries is à deplore after the new night of riots, between Thursday and Friday. This night did not, either, give us a chance. place à new arrests according to information from BFMTV. The media tells us that the rioters are now maintaining defensive positions.

10 :07 – All international flights canceled until May 21

This Friday, 1st New Caledonia tells us that "all international flights canceled until 2020 Tuesday May 21, à 9 a.m. The Aircalin company justifies this information due to the closure of Tontouta international airport. During the period from May 14 to 21, cancellations will have affected the schedule. 53 flights and nearly 7,000 passengers.

The Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti is expected for a press conference this Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. Paris time. He will speak on the criminal response that the executive must provide in the face of violence and violence. the crisis experienced by New Caledonia, particularly in Nouméa these last few days. 

09:47 – For Olivier Faure (PS), Gabriel Attal should &quot ;alreadyà" to be in New Caledonia

For Olivier Faure, first secretary of the Socialist Party, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal should & quot;already" Being in New Caledonia. “We don't manage New Caledonia by videoconference. À the time when we are talking, the Prime Minister should already be talking to each other. there êbe" he declared. in the 4 Truthsfrom Télématin on France 2.

09:45 – De Villepin offers mediation through & experienced former prime ministers

Former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said this morning at Sud Radio that it was necessary to initiate mediation through "à those with the most experience. The latter notably cited; the names of former prime ministers who "have beené involved in difficult times" from the overseas territory, like "Jean-Marc Ayrault, Edouard Philippe or Manuel Valls".

09:39 – A telephone meeting between Bruno Le Maire and elected officials and Caledonian economic actors this Friday

This Friday, May 17, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire and the Minister of Overseas Territories Marie Guévenoux spoke by telephone with elected officials and representatives of the economic world of New Caledonia report BFMTV. A meeting which made it possible to assess the economic damage and to set up an economic crisis unit in New Caledonia. Bruno Le Maire will bring together insurers next week to enable rapid compensation for local economic players.

09:26 – "There is no food shortage" in New Caledonia

After four days of violence and looting in businesses, the inhabitants of New Caledonia are having difficulty getting to their homes. obtain food in the face of empty shelves in stores. Rationing measures were implemented. implemented and raise fears of a risk of shortage. But the government of New Caledonia has ensured that that there "is no food shortage" on the island that a "sufficient stock of two months" was é identified. "All the difficultyé resides in the replenishment of shops and service stations in the different districts of Nouméa and the urban area », pr» However, the authorities specify while the resupply operations are just beginning.

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The riots continue and the toll rises in New Caledonia. Four people have died since the violence erupted. on the archipelago announced l'Elysée, Wednesday May 15, & the outcome of the defense and security council summoned by Emmanuel Macron.

The violence and riots observed since Monday May 13 in the Pacific territory have left hundreds injured according to G&rald Darmanin, includingéamp; ;nbsp;"around a hundred gendarmes who wereé evacuated while the attack was underway. the ax of their gendarmerie and that they were fired upon at random. live bullets" added the Minister of the Interior.

Macron establishes state of emergency in New Caledonia

Emmanuel Macron spoke with a handful of ministers for more than two hours this Wednesday morning during a defense and security council. summoned emergency. During the meeting, the head of state declared: that "all violence is intolerable and will be the subject of an implacable response to ensure the return of republican order& ;quot; depending on the presidency and the triggering of the state of emergency was probably at the heart of the conversations: ;"The President of the Republic askedé that the decree aimed at declare a state of emergency in New Caledonia is registered with the the agenda of the Council of Ministers which will meet at 4:30 p.m. announced l'Élysée in a press release.

Indeed, Emmanuel Macron has decided; to trigger a state of emergency in New Caledonia & the outcome of the defense and security council organized Wednesday morning. "Violence is never tolerable or justifiable under any circumstances. I want to salute all the security forces. engaged. Priority is to find order, calm and serenity. he added during his speech in the hémicycle.

The Head of State reiterates his call for calm throughout the world. the address of the inhabitants of New Caledonia, but also to that of local elected officials. The latter, whether independentists or loyalists, also called for independence. "quiet and à the reason" in a joint declaration. Both the government and local elected officials encourage the resumption of discussions on constitutional reform, the adoption of which will be set fire to the powder. "The President of the Republic recalled" the need for for a resumption of political dialogue and asked for to the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior and Overseas Territories to quickly invite the Caledonian delegations to attend the meeting. Paris", also announced the press releaseé of the Elysée.

The High Commissioner of the Republic evokes an “insurrectional” situation

The authorities fear the continuation and above all an amplification of the violence. "I let you imagine what will happen if militias start to attack “shooting people with guns,” he said. Louis Le Franc, the High Commissioner of the Republic, who describes the situation as insurrectional. Several exchanges of fire buckshot between the rioters and the civil defense groups at Nouméa and Paita" and an "attempted intrusion & the brigade of Saint Michel" have been censuses.

The tensions and violence affecting the archipelago have been exacerbated. revived by the vote of the National Assembly having adopted the constitutional reform which aims to Expand the local electoral body. A text highly contested by the Caledonian independentist elected officials. Some of them are calling for the text to be withdrawn, judging that calm cannot return as long as the reform in its current version is in the pipeline.

206 arrests à Noumea

At least 206 arrests took place à Noumea and elsewhere in New Caledonia between Monday and Thursday according to the High Commissioner of the Republic. 1,800 police officers and gendarmes are on site according to the Ministry of the Interior and 500 other members of the police will be deployed. eacute;s in the next few hours. 

School establishments "will remain closed until September new order" specifies the vice-rectorate of New Caledonia. Tontoura airport remains closed for the time being. to commercial flights. "The time is not serious, it is very serious. If the call for calm is not heard, there will be many deaths in the Noum'a area today. We have entered a dangerous spiral, a deadly spiral" regretted Louis Le Franc during a press conference.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116