Riots in New Caledonia: Emmanuel Macron notes “clear progress in restoring order”

Riots in New Caledonia: Emmanuel Macron notes “clear progress in restoring order”
Riots in New Caledonia: Emmanuel Macron notes “clear progress in restoring order”

Emmanuel Macron noted this Monday “clear progress in restoring order” in New Caledonia, during a Defense Council where it was decided to mobilize “for a time” military personnel for “protect public buildings” and thus relieve the internal security forces, indicated the Elysée.

The president of the Republic “asked the government to continue to demonstrate concentration, vigilance and commitment” on the file, added the presidency while the territory is still prey to blockages.

The Defense Council also noted that “all arrangements have been made to allow tourists still present on the archipelago to return home”while the airport closure has been extended until Thursday and Australia and New Zealand are increasing requests to be able to evacuate their nationals.

Extension ?

At the end of this third Defense Council organized in less than a week to monitor the situation in the archipelago, the Elysée, however, did not raise the question of the possible extension of the state of emergency, in place since Wednesday.

Indeed, this exceptional situation cannot be extended beyond twelve days without submitting a text to Parliament, which would require referral to the National Assembly and the Senate before May 27.

A bill was indeed “in preparation” at the end of the week, but according to MP Sacha Houlié (Renaissance) the government then hoped to rule out this option in the event of an improvement in the situation.

After a week of riots in reaction to a reform of the electoral body decried locally by the separatists, with six deaths to deplore including two gendarmes, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal warned Monday that there was “still a way to go before the return to normal” on the island.

#France

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