VIDEO. New Caledonia: “For six years, there have been systematic signs of state bias” despite the Matignon agreements, believes Christiane Taubira

VIDEO. New Caledonia: “For six years, there have been systematic signs of state bias” despite the Matignon agreements, believes Christiane Taubira
VIDEO. New Caledonia: “For six years, there have been systematic signs of state bias” despite the Matignon agreements, believes Christiane Taubira

On May 15, the constitutional bill modifying the electoral body of New Caledonia for the provincial elections was adopted by the National Assembly, triggering several days of riots on the archipelago. Since then, France – particularly the overseas territories – have had their eyes turned towards Nouméa. This May 25, the former Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira reacted to this news in Place Publique.

In New Caledonia, tensions are still high. Since the adoption by the Assembly of the constitutional reform on the unfreezing of the electorate, riots have broken out. This May 25, the former Guyanese MP and former Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira addressed the subject in the program Place Publique on Guyana the 1st.

In 1988, there was a considerable pact of political accountability that was made“, she said in reference to the Matignon agreements. The first text of these agreements indicates that “[l’impartialité de l’État] the strictest security and protection will be ensured to all, as well as a better distribution in all regions of public and administrative services.

However, for six years, there have been systematic signs of state bias: there was 2018 on the occasion of the anniversary of the Ouvéa cave (19 dead Kanaks, 4 dead gendarmes), there had 2021 with the 3rd referendum which was brought forward in absolutely questionable conditions, there was the refusal to recognize the political value of the 56% abstention, there is the integration into the Government of a local personality whose the very, very harsh anti-independence positions are known… The current Government has methodically dismantled the relationship of trust, the commitment to impartiality in the service of all which was made in 1988 and validated by the French on a national scale .

The former Minister of Justice believes that the current Government is not respecting its commitment made in 1988.

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Moreover, she points out the social inequalities between the different communities of New Caledonia almost 40 years later these agreements.

Christiane Taubira also addressed the rise in violence on the archipelago since the start of the riots, as well as in the 1980s. The Overseas Interior Ministry has also recorded 7 deaths following tensions as of May 25.

Faced with this situation, “the State is doing everything possible to restore order, ensure the security of our fellow citizens, thanks to the action of the police and gendarmerie forces, and allow everyone to return to daily living conditions normal as quickly as possible.

Precisely, regarding the response of the authorities, “I don’t see that on the national territory, except in a very exceptional situation“, indicates the former MP, who also points to a “general amateurism” of the Government in the management of this crisis.

Christiane Taubira discusses the response of the Head of Government to the crisis facing New Caledonia, and to the social movements in France



©Excerpt from the show Place Publique, on Guyane la 1ère

Meanwhile, in an interview with Le Parisien, Emmanuel Macron said he was ready to submit the contested reform of the electoral body in New Caledonia to a national referendumespecially if local elected officials fail to agree among themselves on the subject.

The entire issue of Place Publique from May 25 will be rebroadcast this Sunday, May 26 at 6:15 p.m.

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