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Emmanuel Macron attends a customary ceremony in his honor in Touho, northern New Caledonia, on July 25, 2023.

It is, within the thoughts of the Head of State, a mark of appeasement. While severe tensions have been agitating New Caledonia for a number of weeks between loyalist supporters and independence opponents of the reform of the Caledonian electoral physique, Emmanuel Macron introduced to the territory's elected officers that the Congress deliberate in Versailles to seal this constitutional reform is not going to be convened. instantly. Stated aim: give your self a couple of weeks to relaunch discussions between the 2 blocs.

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Monday May 13 and Tuesday May 14, the National Assembly should determine on the textual content, already adopted by the Senate, which plans to open voting within the subsequent provincial elections to all residents residing in New Caledonia for ten years. The loyalists are demanding it. But the separatists demand the withdrawal of the venture as a result of for them, solely the present provisions, which have “frozen” the electoral physique to natives and residents who arrived earlier than 1998, will have the ability to shield them from “recolonization”.

The Head of State had the potential of summoning parliamentarians to Congress on the finish of May, even when this assembly would have somewhat taken place in mid-June given the agenda, noticed a number of deputies in current days. A schedule which subsequently already made it attainable to speak to one another earlier than the Congress was held. But the message delivered by the Elysée counts: by not summoning the parliamentarians immediately, the president first reminds us that he’s accountable for the file.

Call for strike

It is a query of reaching the key political settlement on the longer term standing of the territory, which has eluded for 2 years the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, accountable till now for steering exchanges, and with whom the separatists don’t need no extra speaking. Emmanuel Macron asks the federal government, as quickly because the constitutional venture is voted on within the Assembly, to take the initiative of inviting all Caledonian officers to Paris, so as to negotiate on two topics: the longer term establishments of the territory in reference to France , and its financial future weighed down immediately by the nickel disaster.

Flags of the Socialist Kanak National Liberation Front during a demonstration in Nouméa, April 13, 2024.

Will this be sufficient? This Monday, the street and air transport sectors, in addition to the resort trade, have been referred to as to strike by the Union of Kanak and Exploited Workers, the union of the independence motion. The risk hangs over mines and metallurgical factories, the blocking of which is being thought of. The airport on the island of Lifou is not going to open its doorways, similar to the city halls of a number of pro-independence municipalities.

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