LIVE – Riots in New Caledonia: a new death in an exchange of fire, the toll rises to 6 victims

A man died this Saturday, May 18, in New Caledonia, while the archipelago has been in the grip of an insurrectional situation since the beginning of the week. The toll rises to six victims.


  • New Caledonia is in the grip of to an insurrectional situation, against a backdrop of protest against the constitutional reform voted on Tuesday, May 14, by the National Assembly.
  • One man died and two others were injuredthis Saturday, in New Caledonia, in an exchange of gunfire on a roadblock erected by rioters.
  • An investigation targeting “sponsors” riots were opened by the Nouméa public prosecutor’s office.

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8 hours | One dead and two injured

A man died and two others were injured on Saturday in New Caledonia in an exchange of gunfire at a roadblock erected by rioters, AFP learned from sources close to the matter.

General Nicolas Matthéos, commander of the gendarmerie in New Caledonia, confirmed to AFP “one dead and two injured in Kaala-Gomen”, a town located in the north of the island. The events occurred at 2:30 p.m. (03:30 GMT), according to two sources close to the matter.

The death toll thus rises to six deaths since the start of the riots on Monday.

7:30 a.m. | An airlift and reinforcements

The French Air Force continued, on Friday May 17, to transport law enforcement officers by air to New Caledonia where the Army slightly increased its presence temporarily.

According to the general staff, the Air Force has sent “one or two planes per day since Wednesday” with police and gendarmes on board.



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