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A man stands in front of a burnt-out car after riots in Noumea, New Caledonia, on Wednesday this week. Photo: Nicolas Job / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 17.05.2024 04:49:39

War and conflicts: – Reinforcements will arrive to take control of the areas that have eluded us in recent days and where control is no longer maintained, says the French government’s high commissioner for the territory, Louis Le Franc.

Le Franc also announced on Friday that a person suspected of murder during the ongoing riots has surrendered.

– One of the perpetrators has surrendered. The search continues for the others, he said at a press conference in Noumea.

The riots in the French Pacific territory are the worst since the 1980s. Five people have so far been killed, among them three young people who belonged to the indigenous Kanak group. The police have arrested the suspects for two of the murders.

In addition, a police officer has been killed. A member of the gendarmerie, the paramilitary French police force, died on Thursday as a result of a stray bullet.

Several hundred people have been injured in the riots, and France has introduced a state of emergency.

The dispute is about a change in the law that will give the right to vote and thus more political influence to around 25,000 French immigrants who have lived continuously in New Caledonia for over ten years. Until now, the right to vote for anyone who did not live there before 1998 has been “frozen”.

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