A captain of the Côte-d’Or fire brigade leaves for New Caledonia

A captain of the Côte-d’Or fire brigade leaves for New Caledonia
A captain of the Côte-d’Or fire brigade leaves for New Caledonia

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Inès Cussac

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May 29, 2024 at 12:29 p.m.

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While the situation is still tense in New Caledonia, several people are sent as reinforcements from France. Notably Maryne Poullot, a captain of SDIS 21 who is taking off for a two-week mission to the Pacific archipelago.

As indicated by France 3 Bourgogne, the 32-year-old firefighter from Dijon (Côte-d’Or) will be in charge to carry out logistical missions. “It is certain that the situation on site is worrying. Afterwards, as I will be in logistics, I will be removed from what is happening,” she told our colleagues.

Seven dead

For more than a week, New Caledonia is shaken by an acute crisis which left seven dead. The state of emergency that had been put in place was finally lifted on Tuesday May 28. The international airport, however, remains closed until Sunday despite a gradual easing of tensions.

The riots broke out on May 13 during the examination and then adoption in Paris of a reform providing for the expansion of the local electorate for the provincial elections. The separatists fear that this change will “minoritize” the indigenous Kanak people, who represent more than 41% of the local population, and are demanding the withdrawal of the text.

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