Riots in New Caledonia: Olivier Faure calls on Gabriel Attal to go there “without delay”

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

THE ESSENTIAL

  • 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 injuredSaturday, 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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6:30 p.m. | Olivier Faure calls on Gabriel Attal to go there “without delay”

On X, Olivier Faure, First Secretary of the Socialist Party called on the Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, to go to New Caledonia.

“We must put an end to the ultimatum and rediscover the spirit of the Matignon agreements,” he wrote.


3 p.m. | TikTok banned until further notice

Throughout New Caledonia, the social network TikTok, used by the rioters, is banned until further notice. According to Senator Claude Malhuret, the application “is exacerbating the riots, which constitutes direct interference in the internal affairs of France.”


2:30 p.m. | “We are far from a return to appeasement”

The mayor of Nouméa, Sonia Lagarde, who testified on BFTMV this morning, expressed her serious concerns. “The damage is endless,” she said.

“The days are the same, with its share of fires”

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“We are far from a return to calm. The last two nights, we can say that they were calmer, on the other hand, the days are similar, with their share of fires”.


2 p.m. | A mission of dialogue

The President of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet and the President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, with several parliamentarians from all political stripes, requested a dialogue mission on Friday during a meeting in Matignon. There is no consensus on the idea of ​​postponing the convening of the Congress which must ratify the reform, according to several parliamentary sources.


12:30 p.m. | 200 million euros in damage

The amount of damage reached 200 million euros, according to local estimates dating back to Thursday.


11 a.m. | “The greatest firmness against the perpetrators of the abuses”

The Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti published a circular on Friday asking the prosecution for “the greatest firmness against the perpetrators of the abuses”.

The Nouméa public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation in particular for criminal conspiracy targeting alleged “sponsors” of the riots, including “certain members of the CCAT”, the Field Action Coordination Cell, this independence collective in the government’s crosshairs.


10:30 a.m. | Annihilation of 80% to 90% of the commercial distribution chain

According to the president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of New Caledonia David Guyenne, the violence “wiped out” 80% to 90% of the commercial distribution chain (stores, warehouses, wholesalers) in the capital.

“Three or four people died yesterday due to lack of access to care.”

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A manager at the Nouméa hospital, Thierry de Greslan, was alarmed by the deterioration of the health situation. “Three or four people died yesterday (Thursday) due to lack of access to care”, notably due to roadblocks, he said on Friday.


10 a.m. | The government of New Caledonia called for an end to roadblocks and barricades

The government of New Caledonia called at a press conference for an end to roadblocks and barricades.

“We are killing each other and we cannot continue like this.”

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“We are killing each other and we cannot continue like this,” said Vaimu’a Muliava, a member of the government responsible for the civil service. “People are already dying not because of armed conflicts, but because they have no access to healthcare, no access to food,” he added.


9:30 a.m. | Take back control of the situation

The arrival of 1,000 reinforcements on Friday, in addition to the 1,700 already deployed, showed the determination of the French authorities to regain control of the situation.

But for residents, the increasingly widespread damage and obstacles to traffic are making it difficult to get supplies to businesses, as well as the operation of public services, particularly health services.


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 insurrectional violence left six dead, including two gendarmes and four civilians (three Kanaks and one Caldoche), and hundreds injured, according to the authorities.


7:45 a.m. | The passage of the flame canceled

After several days of riots in the archipelago, the Prime Minister announced that the Olympic torch relay in New Caledonia, scheduled for June 11, was canceled, according to our colleagues at BFMTV.

According to the Olympic committee, the Olympic flame was to pass through New Caledonia for the first time.


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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