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New Caledonia: state of emergency declared ? Already four dead in riots

The riots in New Caledonia have already started. has killed four people since Monday, including a police officer. Emmanuel Macron wants to trigger a state of emergency on the archipelago to try to put an end to the violence.

The essentials

  • The violent riots continue in New Caledonia this Wednesday, May 15, after the first altercations that occurred on Monday, on the sidelines of ;an independentist mobilization.
  • Four people died during the riots. L'Elysée has announced the death of three people this Wednesday, while a seriously injured gendarme shot died after succumbing to &agrav; his wounds.
  • Emmanuel Macron summoned a defense and security council urgently this Wednesday morning. He must ask the triggering of the state of emergency in New Caledonia during the council of ministers scheduled for next week. 4:30 p.m.
  • The constitutional reform aimed at Expanding the electoral body in New Caledonia has been implemented. the starting point of the riots. The text, adopted by Parliament, is highly contested by the Caledonian independentist elected officials. The government and all local elected officials are calling for calm and peace. the resumption of discussions.


17:56 – What will the state of emergency allow in New Caledonia ?

A state of emergency will be declared. in New Caledonia as provided for in the law of April 3, 1955 in the event of “imminent danger resulting from serious harm & agrave; public order" or "in the event of events presenting, by their nature and seriousness, the character of a calamity& public". Once established, the state of emergency regime will make it possible to strengthen the power of civil authorities, organize searches & agrave; home à at any time and to order subpoenas. residence or stay bans. This regime also allows the restriction of certain freedoms, the Minister of the Interior or the prefects can thus prohibit gatherings on public roads, restrict the movement of people and vehicles, determine security perimeters, close public places and establish a curfew. The state of emergency is valid for twelve days. To extend it, a law must be passed in Parliament.

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17:20 – "Nothing can ever justify violence" insists Gabriel Attal

"It'all of France is in mourning" of the deceased gendarme during the riots in New Caledonia "writes the Prime Minister on X. "Nothing can ever justify violence. Nothing will ever excuse anyone from attacking others. those who protect our Republic,” added Gabriel Attal.

17:08 – The state of emergency declaredé to "reestablish order"

Emmanuel Macron has decided to trigger a state of emergency in New Caledonia & the outcome of the defense and security council organized this Wednesday morning. While the council of ministers met at 4:30 p.m., Prime Minister Gabriel Attal must present the decree allowing the establishment of the emergency state regime "so that we can re-establish the state & rsquo;order as soon as possible" as he statedé &agrav; the National Assembly. "Violence is never tolerated 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.

17:01 –

The deceased gendarme died during the riots in New Caledonia éwas é aged 22 and was part of the Melun squadron, according to details from BFMTV. The national gendarmerie expressed his "pain and vivid éemotion" after the death of the young man in the exercise of his functions.

While the Elysée announced the death of three people since the start of the riots in New Caledonia early this Wednesday afternoon, the Minister of ;apos;Interior has confirmed the death of the gendarme who was "seriously injured". The toll of the violence continues to rise, and that's without counting the hundreds of injuries reported by the government. Gérald Darmanin earlier today.

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The riots continue and the toll rises in New Caledonia. Three people have died since the violence erupted. on the archipelago announced l'Elysée, this Wednesday, May 15, & the outcome of the defense and security council summoned by Emmanuel Macron. The presidential palace also evoked the case of a police officer "very seriously injured", whose vital prognosis is at risk. according to several media.

Earlier this Wednesday, the High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia announced that two people had been killed. you are. One of them died from a gunshot wound. Nouméa, "not from a shot from the police or the gendarmerie, but from someone who certainly wanted to defend themselves" explainedé the representative of the French State çat; the press, without giving more details. No details were provided. given about the other victims.

The violence and riots observed since Monday May 13 in the Pacific territory have left hundreds of people injured according to G&rald Darmanin, including " around a hundred gendarmes who were 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 wants to establish a 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.

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 ignited the powder. The Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, announced face &agrav; the National Assembly that he will propose a meeting date for the parties involved in the conflict in New Caledonia "in the coming hours. & quot;The President of the Republic recalled that 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 é 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.

140 arrests à Nouméa

At least 140 arrests took place à Noumea and elsewhere in New Caledonia between Monday and Wednesday 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