In Nouméa, 5 gendarmes injured, Darmanin defeated politically | EUROtoday

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Demonstration of independence activists organized on the sidelines of the visit of Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, in Nouméa, February 21, 2024.

During a go to by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, 5 gendarmes have been injured in clashes on the sidelines of an indication by separatists in Nouméa, Wednesday February 21. A restricted outbreak of violence, however which has not occurred in these circumstances for a very long time in New Caledonia. Mr. Darmanin canceled an alternate with the loyalists in order to not add pressure. Officially, this time he wished to keep away from the political subject, which thus caught up with him. The minister elevated his tweets on different topics on his agenda: jail, local weather, trade.

The episode appears like an alert: the political discussions underway to redefine the territory's hyperlinks with France stay extra difficult than the chief wished to suppose lately in Paris. He appears to have sinned by way of overconfidence, or the will to place an finish to it, after eighteen lengthy months of negotiations. With a message distilled in Paris for 2 weeks: a serious institutional settlement is in sight, it is going to be signed in March and it might be the topic of a constitutional revision on the finish of 2024.

In this context, Gérald Darmanin pushed the undertaking mentioned because the finish of January in Bourail, in New Caledonia, across the chief of the loyalists, Sonia Backès, his former secretary of state, the Rassemblement (Caledonian proper), the separatists, and the Wallisian Oceanian Awakening occasion. Another undertaking, mentioned among the many average non-independence folks of Caledonia collectively, served as a spur to the loyalist initiative, earlier than being discarded.


Refusing to be positioned beneath strain, the Caledonian Union (UC), the primary part of the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS), has as soon as once more reared its head. The UC nonetheless refuses to dialogue aside from nose to nose, behind the scenes, with the State and the loyalists, and had indicated that it could not meet Mr. Darmanin throughout his go to. In this context, Wednesday's demonstration had a transparent purpose for Daniel Goa, its president, quoted by the Nouvelle-Calédonie channel La 1D : “Show the National Assembly and the Senate that Mr. Darmanin's speech there to say that we all agree is a lie. »

Another ominous sign: the embarrassment of the National Union for Independence (UNI), which brings together the most open parties of the FLNKS, including Palika, of the head of the Caledonian government Louis Mapou. The UNI has participated in all political meetings with the State and non-independence activists for almost two years. Anxious not to undermine the unity of the FLNKS, it now displays its reserve. On Tuesday, she described “clumsy” the chief's method.

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