Emmanuel Macron wants “appeasement”, but without institutional “backtracking”

Emmanuel Macron wants “appeasement”, but without institutional “backtracking”
Emmanuel Macron wants “appeasement”, but without institutional “backtracking”

In front of elected officials from the archipelago this Thursday, May 23 in Nouméa, the President of the Republic affirmed that “appeasement” cannot be possible by reviewing the results of the three referendums organized in New Caledonia in recent years.

More than a week after the start of the riots in New Caledonia, Emmanuel Macron visited the archipelago and pleaded for “constructive appeasement”. In front of local elected officials in Nouméa, the President of the Republic said he was looking for a political “solution”, but without revisiting the result of the three referendums which confirmed the maintenance of the overseas territory in the Republic.

“Appeasement cannot be a step backwards. Appeasement cannot be about not respecting popular expression which has already been played out,” launched Emmanuel Macron.

“Appeasement cannot be to somehow deny a path that has already been taken,” insisted the Head of State in front of elected officials and representatives of the active forces of the archipelago, shaken by more than a week riots.

“Nevertheless, we must bring all stakeholders back to the table,” he argued.

Unfavorable to an extension of the state of emergency

Emmanuel Macron did not say whether he was ready to postpone the convening of Parliament in Congress to validate a reform of the local electorate, the vote of which by deputies and senators ignited the powder. For now, he plans to convene Congress at the end of June if a global political agreement is not found by then by the different camps.

The President of the Republic also announced that the approximately 3,000 members of the security forces deployed in New Caledonia in the face of the riots would remain “as long as necessary, even during the Olympic and Paralympic Games” in Paris which end at the beginning of September.

While the government has established a state of emergency in this territory at the antipodes of France, the president said he was rather unfavorable to an extension beyond the deadline of Monday May 27, which would require a law.

“For my part, I think that this state of emergency should not be extended,” “because I deeply believe that dialogue is necessary,” he said. But “it will only be lifted very clearly if everyone in their responsibility calls for the barriers to be lifted, which, as I speak, is still not the case with this clarity”, he said in the presence of Elected independentists as well as non-independentists.

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