Champions Cup final: On which channel and at what time to watch Leinster

Champions Cup final: On which channel and at what time to watch Leinster
Champions Cup final: On which channel and at what time to watch Leinster

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On the Nouméa dams, two camps, one certainty: Macron has not resolved anything

Everything opposes them in the conflict that is igniting New Caledonia. Everything, except Emmanuel Macron’s lightning passage, which offers a common certainty, on the independence and non-independence dams: the time for dialogue proposed by the president will not be enough to erase the “resentments”. Planted on the makeshift dam which serves to protect his housing estate from potential rioters, in Nouméa, Pierre (assumed first name as for all the Caledonians mentioned), 78 years old, has few illusions on this Friday morning. He clearly heard the president, the day before , promising that the electoral reform which ignited the powder in the overseas territory would “not pass in force”, that he would give himself a few weeks to “allow appeasement” and “dialogue”. “Macron came. It’s nice to have tried to do something” but “I don’t see any particular progress”, he explains in front of the anarchic stack of pallets, tires and even a washing machine, supposedly stop any intrusion into the neat street in the Val Plaisance district, which opens onto the Pacific Ocean.”It seems that we are going to talk about it again in a month. And then it will continue,” he laments under his hat. “In the meantime, things will not get better, the population is probably suffering on both sides.” His “side”: that of the Caledonians of European origin , very largely in favor of reform. Since extremely violent riots broke out on Monday May 13, killing six people including two police officers, part of this community has barricaded itself, multiplying self-defense groups Jeanne,. who has lived in New Caledonia for 30 years, refuses even to reveal her face, for fear of “retaliation”. Even if she “didn’t expect much” from the presidential visit, “what solution did we- brought?”, she asks, installed on the dam which looks like a terrace in the sun. – “Berlin Wall” – “It would frankly surprise me if it calms people’s minds because there are people who have lost everything here and who will really remain with a lot of resentment about everything that happened, everything that happened, what was said”, confirms Nathalie, 43 years old, resident of the archipelago for barely a year and a half. On the roadblocks held by the independence camp, which promises to continue blocking the island until the text is abandoned, the general opinion converges: by pleading appeasement, President Macron, who has given himself some days to bring down the barricades, satisfied no one. “As long as there is no independence (for New Caledonia), there will be no security”, decision in a northern district of Nouméa a dam manager, who refuses to give his identity. The 51-year-old man is a member of the Kanak community, the indigenous people of the archipelago. “Those who respect the Kanak people can live in peace with us but the extremists, we invite them to take the plane at Tontouta”, the international airport of Nouméa, he states from the outset, referring to the most radical of the non-independenceists. “We are not racist, we ask for respect,” he clarifies. “The loyalists (another name for opponents of independence), they are the ones who left their country, France. If they want to be there, they must adapt. We respect the French people, not the colonial state French,” he continues. To illustrate the depth of the local divide, which the government is giving itself a month to heal, the Kanak roadblocker suggests taking a look around him. “So, take a good look,” he calls out, pointing to a wall that separates his disadvantaged neighborhood in a wealthy area. “What is this wall? Is it the Berlin Wall? Is this what living together here is, at the end of the two political agreements (by Matignon and of Nouméa, editor’s note) Is this the future? Is this the peace agreement?” Even if he does not believe in a political solution if the heart of the reform is maintained, he agrees that something must “be reborn after the fire”: “This is truth and justice”.acc-md-sha/bfa/sla/vla

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