In New Caledonia, management of sure neighborhoods “is no longer assured” in line with the State | EUROtoday

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Le management of a number of districts in New Caledonia “ is no longer assured,” acknowledged the State consultant on this French territory within the South Pacific on Friday, May 17, hoping that reinforcements will make it doable to “reconquer” these areas after 4 nights of stress.

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Reinforcements will arrive […] to control the areas which have escaped us in recent days, whose control is no longer assured,” declared the High Commissioner of the Republic Louis Le Franc to the press in Nouméa. Nearly a thousand inner safety personnel, notably law enforcement officials and gendarmes, arrived on the archipelago throughout the evening from Thursday to Friday, including to the 1,700 members of the safety forces already there.

READ ALSO Riots in New Caledonia: what’s the CCAT, described as “mafia” by Darmanin? These reinforcements should make it doable to “ reconquer all areas of the city [de Nouméa, NDLR] that we have lost and that it is up to us to recover as quickly as possible,” declared Louis Le Franc.

The state consultant referred to “ three zones”, deprived neighborhoods of Greater Nouméa populated primarily by indigenous individuals: the districts of Kaméré, Montravel and “ part of the Tir valley”, described as ” areas where there are several hundred rioters who are waiting for only one thing, contact with the police, to maintain their positions” and “ their abuses.”

Five lifeless, murder suspect surrenders

Louis Le Franc added {that a} murder suspect had “ rendered”, with out additional specifying his id or the case involved. Five individuals have died because the riots started on Monday: two males aged 20 and 36, a 17-year-old woman and two gendarmes.

The first gendarme, aged 22, was shot within the head on Wednesday. The second, aged 45, was the sufferer of a “ accidental shooting” Thursday morning, in line with Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

READ ALSO “It’s war, buddy”: in Nouméa, residents between anger and anguishEarlier within the morning, the High Commission assured that the state of affairs in New Caledonia was “ more calm and peaceful”, after a number of nights of conflagration linked to the contestation of electoral reform.