In New Caledonia, Emmanuel Macron calls for “the firm and definitive lifting of all dams”

In New Caledonia, Emmanuel Macron calls for “the firm and definitive lifting of all dams”

Le président français Emmanuel Macron lors de son déplacement en Nouvelle-Calédonie, le 23 mai 2024. LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL – MAXPPP OUT

The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron calls this Tuesday, June 18, 2024 for "the firm and definitive lifting of all roadblocks" in New Caledonia and "the condemnation of violence without pretense" in a letter sent to the Caledonians.

"The situation in which New Caledonia was reduced by a few remains unacceptable and those who encouraged it will have to answer for their actions& quot;, writes the Head of State, Emmanuel Macron, who visited the site on May 23, 2024.

New social contract

Recalling that he decided not to convene a Congress to adopt the constitutional electoral reform project at the origin of the May riots, the president calls "to the constitution of a new Caledonian social contract".

"This dialogue should naturally focus on the nature of the links which will be forged with France, links uniting without hindering, links of mutual solidarity", he wrote.

Time to build

"It always takes longer to build than to destroy. But patience is always the condition of hope", he concludes.

A sign of a very slow return to normal after five weeks of unrest, schools reopened on Monday, as did Nouméa international airport, while the entry into force of the nighttime curfew has been pushed back from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

But, in its streets, the capital of the French territory of the South Pacific still bears the marks of violence: burned buildings, including schools, roadblocks of separatists, counter-blockades of non-independenceists… ;hellip;

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