behind a petition for peace, the native proper settles its scores | EUROtoday

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From left to right, Gil Brial, member of the Territorial Assembly of New Caledonia, Virginie Ruffenach, president of the Le Rassemblement au Congrès group, Nicolas Metzdorf, deputy, Laura Vendegou, elected to the Congress, and Sonia Backès, president of the Assembly of the South province, in front of the New Caledonia courthouse, in Nouméa, June 6, 2024.

He slept within the metropolis corridor for greater than per week together with his staff, whereas, within the absence of gendarmes, armed municipal cops stationed on the roof stored away rioters making an attempt to set hearth to the constructing. In Dumbéa, a booming city in Greater Nouméa, “80% of the economic fabric of the commune is destroyed and, while we are in the fourth week of riots, we still do not have security”, laments, Thursday June 6, the mayor, Yoann Lecourieux (Rassemblement-Les Républicains). The latter, like many elected officers in New Caledonia, felt ” coward “ by the State when violence broke out on the night time of May 13 to 14.

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Today, the mayor, additionally a member of the Caledonian authorities, joins a petition of 94 personalities which launches, Thursday, “a call for peace”has “those who want to rebuild”. While tensions stay very excessive in giant pockets of the territory, “extreme, retrograde, irresponsible positions are not acceptable”affirm the signatories.

Made public earlier than the televised intervention of the Head of State, Thursday June 6, on the “8 p.m.” broadcast of France 2 and TF1, the place Caledonians had been ready for the disaster to be mentioned, the initiative appears at first look to go within the route of that means of Emmanuel Macron's want throughout his go to on May 23: to advertise, in civil society and the financial world, interlocutors of fine will to loosen an area political sport radicalized by the loyalist and independence blocs.

“The block against block is over”

The textual content thus welcomes the presidential initiative “of a legislative pause concerning the congress at Versailles” having to seal the constitutional reform on the electoral physique. This, even when a broad political consensus, on the nationwide and native ranges, pushes us to demand from the Head of State not a pause, however an abandonment of this reform.

But the record of signatories is extra harking back to an try to recompose the native proper to the detriment of its hardest parts, the loyalists Sonia Backès and Nicolas Metzdorf, respectively president of the South province and Renaissance deputy, in addition to Virginie Ruffenach, chief of the Rassemblement group (proper) within the Congress of New Caledonia.

Mr. Lecourieux criticizes the independence leaders for being “responsible” of the insurrectional disaster which is bringing the territory to its knees, but in addition to Sonia Backès, chief of the loyalists, “for having lit the fuse”. Both camps had been equally “disqualified”in response to him, to consider the way forward for New Caledonia and its 270,000 inhabitants. “The block against block, the extremist speeches, it’s over, we’re going to sit around the table to discuss”, he proclaims.

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