In New Caledonia, the final district of Nouméa which escaped the police has been recaptured, pronounces Gérald Darmanin | EUROtoday

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A police operation was carried out on Friday ” with success “ within the final district of Nouméa which escaped the police, two and a half weeks after the beginning of the riots in New Caledonia, introduced Friday May 31 the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.

“A major police operation has just taken place, successfully, in the Rivière-Salée district, the last one in Nouméa which was not under control”he writes on. The operation mobilized 400 members of the police, the High Commission of the Republic in New Caledonia instructed the press. Members of the elite police items (RAID) and gendarmerie (GIGN) participated, based on Gérald Darmanin, who introduced “the arrest of 12 individuals and the removal of 26 roadblocks”.

The Rivière-Salée district, within the north of the commune of Nouméa, was blocked by “numerous roadblocks, manned by dangerous individuals and several snipers had been spotted”based on a police supply cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP), who speaks of a “complex security”.

However, roadblocks stay within the city space of ​​Nouméa, within the municipalities of Mont-Dore, Païta and Dumbéa, the president of the South province, Sonia Backès, principal consultant of the loyalist camp, instructed the press. “The State has the means to act, we saw it in Rivière-Salée, it is urgent to do it wherever it is necessary (…) The State must deploy everywhere to liberate the neighborhoods”she stated.

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The reopening of the airport deliberate for Monday

According to an AFP journalist on web site, one other dam was being dismantled on Friday in La Tamoa, not removed from La Tontouta worldwide airport, which stays closed to industrial flights till Monday morning.

“As New Caledonia is still in a crisis situation, the high commission announces an extension of the closure of Nouméa-La Tontouta airport until June 3 at 9 a.m. [heure locale] »that is to say midnight in the night from Sunday to Monday in Paris, according to a press release from Aircalin.

If commercial activity resumes on Monday as planned, the airport will have remained closed for almost three weeks. Its closure was decided the day after the start of the riots in the French archipelago of the South Pacific and extended several times since. The objective now is to “really reopen” the airport Monday morning, whereas the earlier deadlines weren’t as agency, a supply near the matter instructed AFP.

More than 1,600 French and international vacationers had been evacuated by the authorities by way of the Magenta airfield as a part of army flights chartered by France, Australia and New Zealand.

The disaster left seven useless, together with two gendarmes, the state of emergency was in power for a dozen days and the curfew remains to be in impact, however rigidity has dropped considerably in latest days.


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New Caledonia, which has 270,000 inhabitants, has been engaged since 1998 in a strategy of emancipation from French supervision.

The vote in Paris for a constitutional reform increasing the voters, denounced by the separatists, who worry a marginalization of the indigenous Kanak inhabitants, triggered essentially the most severe political disaster because the Nineteen Eighties. To renew the dialogue between separatists and loyalists and discover a political resolution to the disaster, the president, Emmanuel Macron, put in a mission of consultants.

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