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In restive New Caledonia, Macron sees Pacific power and influence

Paris, France Reuters In 2018, a year after becoming France’s President, Emmanuel Macron flew to the remote French-ruled Pacific island of New Caledonia to outline his latest foreign policy plan. With China’s regional ambitions growing, a new Indo-Pacific strategy was needed to prevent it from becoming hegemonic, he said. New Caledonia would be a key […]

The colonial-era inequalities that fuelled the New Caledonia crisis

Paris, France Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron said on a visit to New Caledonia on Thursday that inequalities had widened on the French-ruled Pacific archipelago and were a driving force in the deadly civil unrest that broke out last week. The island territory is marked by deep disparities in education and employment, according to census […]

In riot-scarred New Caledonia, France’s Macron delays voting reform

Noumea, New Caledonia/Sydney, Australia Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday after a day of talks in New Caledonia that he would delay a voting reform that had triggered deadly riots on the French-ruled Pacific island, and try to seek a new political agreement. Speaking in the capital Noumea after meeting local political leaders, […]

Macron arrives in riot-hit New Caledonia for high-stakes talks

Sydney, Australia/Paris, France Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron landed in the Pacific island of New Caledonia on Thursday, for a day of talks during which he will aim to turn the page on deadly riots triggered by a contested electoral reform. Any attempt to convince the rioters to get off the streets will be a […]

New Caledonia protesters, police spar ahead of Macron visit

Reuters Protesters and a thousand French police reinforcements were playing a “game of cat and mouse” in New Caledonia, an independence group said on Wednesday, ahead of the arrival of France’s President Emmanuel Macron after the worst riots in 40 years. Macron is due to land in the French overseas territory in the Pacific on […]

Hundreds more French police start deploying to secure New Caledonia

Sydney, Australia/Paris, France Reuters French police reinforcements began arriving in New Caledonia on Friday in a massive push to regain control of the capital, the top French official in the Pacific island territory said, after rioting in which four people were killed and hundreds arrested. After three nights of upheaval, Thursday night was relatively quiet […]

Four dead in New Caledonia riots, France declares state of emergency

Sydney, Australia/Paris, France Reuters France declared a state of emergency on the Pacific island of New Caledonia on Wednesday after three young Indigenous Kanak and a police official were killed in riots over electoral reform. The state of emergency, which entered into force at 5am local time, gives authorities additional powers to ban gatherings and […]

“Europe could die”: Macron urges stronger defences, economic reforms

Paris, France Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron called on Thursday for stronger, more integrated European defences as he outlined his vision for a more assertive European Union on the global stage. In a speech at the Sorbonne University in Paris, he also said the continent must not become a vassal of the United States. “There […]

Donors raise more than €2 billion for Sudan aid a year into war

Paris, France/Cairo, Egypt Reuters Donors pledged more than €2 billion for war-torn Sudan at a conference in Paris on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron said, on the first anniversary of what aid workers describe as a neglected but devastating conflict. Efforts to help millions of people driven to the verge of famine by the war […]

Notre-Dame nears re-opening five years after fire

Paris, France Reuters Five years after a devastating fire, the restoration of Notre-Dame cathedral is nearing completion as the world’s eyes turn to Paris for the Olympic Games. On the evening of 15th April, 2019, the cathedral’s roof burst into flames. Soon, it had engulfed the spire and almost toppled the main bell towers. Around […]