DIRECT. New Caledonia: Emmanuel Macron calls for a return to “peace”, but also to “dialogue”, after the riots

DIRECT. New Caledonia: Emmanuel Macron calls for a return to “peace”, but also to “dialogue”, after the riots
DIRECT. New Caledonia: Emmanuel Macron calls for a return to “peace”, but also to “dialogue”, after the riots

The French president began his lightning visit to the archipelago by hoping for a return “as quickly as possible” to “peace, calm, security”, but also to “dialogue”.

08:11.

Emmanuel Macron excludes that “appeasement” requires an institutional “step back”

“Appeasement cannot be a return to the past. Appeasement cannot be about not respecting the popular expression that has already been played out. Appeasement cannot be about denying in some way a path that has has already been done”, said the Head of State, almost three hours after his arrival, speaking in front of elected officials and representatives of the active forces of the archipelago. “Nevertheless, we must bring all stakeholders back to the table,” he argued. He also observed a minute of silence for the six deaths in recent days during the riots.

Alongside elected officials and economic players in New Caledonia, to listen and to build together the framework for constructive appeasement. Caledonians need it. pic.twitter.com/5sNN6xM0Ol

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) https://twitter.com/EmmanuelMacron/status/1793516198296240152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

08:09.

The president said he wanted a return “as quickly as possible” to “peace, calm, security”

“My desire (..) is to be alongside the population so that as quickly as possible, there is a return to peace, calm, security,” he declared upon his descent from plane, adding that he comes with “a lot of respect, humility” and that “decisions will be made” at the end of his talks.

08:07.

Emmanuel Macron in New Caledonia for a whirlwind visit after a week of riots

The French president’s plane landed around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday evening (mainland time, 8:20 a.m. Thursday local time) at Nouméa airport. He was subsequently to meet with elected officials and economic players in the archipelago, where the violence and destruction have plunged into a catastrophic situation.

08:06.

Hello and welcome everyone to this live

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