Emmanuel Macron is going there this evening to install “a mission” – Libération

Emmanuel Macron is going there this evening to install “a mission” – Libération
Emmanuel Macron is going there this evening to install “a mission” – Libération

After a week of violence in the Pacific territory following the vote on government reform, the President of the Republic will take off this Tuesday, May 21 to install “a mission” there, the contours of which have not yet been specified.

The executive’s response was expected after a week of riots in New Caledonia, following the vote on the government law. Emmanuel Macron will take off this Tuesday, May 21 in the evening to travel to the Pacific territory, government spokesperson Prisca Thevenot announced late in the morning at the end of the council of ministers. The President of the Republic will install there “a mission”, she declared, however postponing questions on the “modalities” of this action, its nature and its duration. Reporting on “clear progress in restoring order”, the Elysée judges with Liberation “important to immediately begin a phase of dialogue”, during which will be discussed “all subjects” : order, reconstruction, political solution. It is on site that the Head of State, who is embarking with the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, the Minister responsible for Overseas Territories, Marie Guévenoux, and the Minister of the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu, must announce the composition of the assignment.

For his part, “the Prime Minister [Gabriel Attal] will have the opportunity to go there, not immediately but in the coming weeks”, added the government spokesperson. According to BFMTV, this trip should take place after the European elections on June 9. “Faced with the outbreak of violence, the priority is to return to order to allow dialogue to resume,” she pointed out.

On the other hand, the government spokesperson clarified that the state of emergency, declared Wednesday for a period of twelve days, is not extended for the moment. “The situation is on the way to normalizing” And “the subject [d’une prolongation] was not adopted this morning”, declared Prisca Thevenot. This exceptional situation cannot be extended beyond twelve days without submitting a text to Parliament. A possible extension would require a referral to the National Assembly and the Senate before May 27.

“Clear progress in restoring order”

After a week of riots in reaction to a reform of the electoral body which left six dead including two gendarmes, Emmanuel Macron noted during a Defense Council on Monday “clear progress in restoring order” in New Caledonia. The executive had on this occasion decided to mobilize “for a time” military personnel in order to “protect public buildings” and thus relieve the internal security forces, according to the Elysée.

Nouméa international airport, however, remains closed to commercial flights until Saturday morning, the platform manager said on Tuesday.

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