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LIVE. Violence in New Caledonia: the now feared “civil war”

The riots in New Caledonia have already started. has killed four people since Monday, including a police officer. While more than 206 arrests have taken place since the start of the riots, Emmanuel Macron is holding a new defense council this Thursday. 11 hours to try to put an end to the violence, in a territory "close to civil war" in the words of a deputy Renaissance.

The essentials

  • The violent riots continued in New Caledonia during the night of Wednesday May 15 to Thursday May 16, after the first altercations that occurred on Monday , on the sidelines of an independentist mobilization.
  • Four people died during the riots. L'Élysée announced the death of three people this Wednesday, while a seriously injured gendarme& oacute; shot died after succumbing to &agrav; his wounds.
  • A state of emergency has been entered into. effective Wednesday à 8 p.m. Paris time, i.e. Thursday à 5 a.m. à Nouméa, for a duration of 12 days. A deputy Macronist judges this Thursday morning the situation "close to civil war" on the archipelago.
  • The Prime Minister announced, Wednesday evening, the deployment of the army in New Caledonia to secure of the port and the airport and informed that the high commissioner in this territory had declared "a curfew and ban on Tik Tok".
  • Emmanuel Macron summoned a defense council this Thursday morning at 11 a.m. à l'Elysée, just after a new crisis meeting supervised by the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, before view &agrav; 8:30 a.m.
  • 70 new arrests took place over the last 24 hours. According to Louis Le Franc, High Commissioner of the Republic, no less than 64 gendarmes and police officers were arrested. injured and more than 206 rioters were killed. arrested since the start of the overflows on Monday.


At the RMC microphone, the deputy Renaissance Nicolas Metzdorf claimed  being threatened by of death "because I am one of the non-independentist leaders there". The latter affirms that the situation in the overseas territory is "close to civil war" où "all Caledonians are under threat of death". 

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08:22 – Azerbaijani interference in New Caledonia denounced by G&rald Darmanin

"This is not a fantasy, it's a reality. I regret that some of the Caledonian independence leaders made a deal with Azerbaijan, that is indisputable. This gives an idea of ​​what democracy is sometimes like if we listened to certain leaders. But I want to say that today, even though there are attempts at interference, no country accedes & ;agrave; violence in New Caledonia, France is sovereign at home" indicated Gérald Darmanin, this Tuesday morning regarding the threat of foreign interference in New Caledonia.

08:18 – "There will be no army in the streets of New Caledonia"

"It's not the job of armies to pacify the archipelago. This is the job of the police and gendarmes, and they do it, they do it very well. “Since the state of emergency (…) I think that we are on the path to restoring public peace in New Caledonia& ;quot; indicates Gérald Darmanin, still on the microphone of France 2 this Thursday morning.

08:13 – The Minister of the Interior castigates the CCAT

Guest des 4 Vérités from Télématin on France 2 this Thursday morning, Gé rald Darmanin notably criticized; the field action coordination unit (CCAT): “CCAT is the problem. We have numerous elements which show that it is a mafia-like, violent organization, which loots stores, shoots at people. live bullets on gendarmes, set fire to them companies, attacks institutions that are nevertheless independent. We will not back down" he explained. 

This Thursday morning, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Drmanin announced: the arrest of "the person responsible for two Kanak deaths", "the police are there; to stop all the killers, the people who murder" he continues. At the same time, he assures that "calm will be restored" in New Caledonia. "We go from 1,700 & 2,700 police officers and gendarmes" on the ground details the minister.

08:08 – Five "radical and violent leaders" assigned to residence in New Caledonia announces Darmanin

"The establishment of the state of emergency in New Caledonia desired by the President of the Republic makes it possible to take immediate measures: I have just signed the first 5 summons orders. residence of radical and violent leaders. On my instructions, administrative searches will be carried out by the police immediately" Prime Minister Gérald Darmanin said yesterday. Among them, two people belonging to à the Field Action Coordination Cell (CCAT), the most radical fringe of the socialist Kanak Liberation Front (FLNKS) according to Le Figaro.

08:02 – 200 arrests since Monday

Over the last 24 hours, no less than 70 arrests have taken place in New Caledonia. The High Commissioner of the Republic Louis Le Franc greeted in a press release "the commitment and professionalism of the law enforcement agencies who are the subject of attacks". In total, 200 rioters were killed. arrested since the start of the violence in the overseas territory on Monday.

07:58 – Darmanin offers police protection ;ere to the great Caledonian elect

The Minister of the Interior G&rald Darmanin indicated that: &agrav; all major Caledonian elected officials to offer them protection "taking into account the threats facing local éelected officials" indicates Le Figaro this Thursday morning. Independentists, non-independentists, parliamentarians, presidents of major communities and local government as well as party leaders are concerned.

The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron will hold a defense council this Thursday morning in Paris. Betting at the stroke of 11 a.m. The latter also proposed; Caledonian elected officials to have an "éexchange by videoconference" Thursday, à the outcome of this crisis meeting the Elysée. “The head of state will chair a defense and security council” national meeting on the situation in New Caledonia Thursday &at; 11:00 a.m. indicates the presidency.

15/05/24 – 23:43 – The crisis far from over be resolved ? Several summit meetings again organized Thursday

END OF LIVE – Prime Minister Gabriel Attal will hold é again a crisis meeting on New Caledonia Thursday morning, 8:30 a.m. And according to information from BFMTV, it seems that Emmanuel Macron will chair a new defense council from the Eacute;lysée à 11 a.m. 

15/05/24 – 23:02 – "The situation is not soothed" &agrav; Noumeéa

With BFMTV this Wednesday evening, the former Secretary of State responsible for Citizenship and anti-independence figure from New Caledonia, Sonia Back, said that "the situation has not calmed down". And to affirm: "Çit is still shooting in certain places in the city." On Wednesday night à Thursday, many homes and businesses would have been damaged. new summer set on fire, according to her. 

05/15/24 – 10:16 p.m. – Five subpoenas & agrave; residence and first administrative searches

On X, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announces this evening that thanks to the state of emergency established in New Caledonia, first "immediate measures" could have been taken. "I have just signed the first five summons orders. residence of radical and violent officials,” he announced, adding that, “on [his] instruction, administrative searches will be carried out by the forces order immediately.

05/15/24 – 9:36 p.m. – Two firsts ;egrave;res assignments à registered residence

Thanks to à the state of emergency in place since 8 p.m. this Wednesday evening, Paris time, two first summons to residence have been signed by the Minister of the Interior, G&rald Darmanin. The people concerned are two radical independentists, reports BFMTV.

The Prime Minister, who has been chairing a meeting since 8 p.m. ;interministerial crisis unit, announced Wednesday evening the deployment of the army. She will be responsible for securing the ports as well as the airport. Gabriel Attal also announced that the Tik Tok social network was going to be banned.

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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 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 Nouméa

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