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Gérald Darmanin raises his voice in New Caledonia. The Minister of the Interior introduced this Saturday night the deployment of a “main operation [menée par] greater than 600 gendarmes”, to “retake” the road between Nouméa and its international airport, while the island is in the grip of riots.

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“A major operation of more than 600 gendarmes, including around a hundred from the GIGN, is being launched at this very moment in New Caledonia aimed at completely regaining control of the 60 km main road between Nouméa and the airport,” he mentioned. know Darmanin on X.

The operation consisted of sending a convoy from Nouméa to take away all obstacles on this highway. It is made up, amongst different issues, of armored gendarmerie automobiles and development gear which clear the passage. According to the High Commissioner of the Republic, if round sixty roadblocks have been “pierced” – with out clashes regardless of some slight sporadic clashes – round forty of them are nonetheless blocking the highway.

The burned carcasses, piled up scrap steel and wooden have to be cleared “tomorrow and the day after tomorrow”. The roads have been broken in sure locations and visitors can’t, for the second, be restored, he mentioned.

Saturday May 18, 3,200 individuals had been stranded in New Caledonia as a result of lack of flights. Indeed, since Tuesday, flights to and from the archipelago have been suspended due to the riots that are shaking the territory. These riots had been attributable to an electoral reform deemed unacceptable by the separatists.

“Republican order will be restored”

This Sunday, May 19, the presidents of 4 different abroad areas, particularly Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique and the neighborhood of Guyana, additionally referred to as in a column revealed by Outre-mer the first for a “immediate withdrawal” of the reform. For them, solely a “political response” can put an finish to the chaotic state of affairs at present unfolding on this territory situated within the coronary heart of the Pacific.

For his half, the High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia additionally declared that “republican order will be restored, whatever the cost”. “I want to say to the rioters: “Stop, return to calm, surrender your weapons!” » added Louis Le Franc throughout a press briefing broadcast by public tv Nouvelle-Calédonie la Première. The state consultant introduced that the police will perform different operations within the coming hours to regain management of the whole Caledonian territory.

READ ALSO New Caledonia: for a robust sovereign state within the face of violenceSince the beginning of the week, six individuals have died, together with a closing sufferer on Saturday in exchanges of fireside at a checkpoint in Kaala-Gomen, within the Northern province. The deceased was a Caldoche (Caledonian of European origin) whereas the 5 different useless are two gendarmes and three Kanak civilians.