French President Emmanuel Macron decided on Wednesday to “declare a state of emergency in New Caledonia” after riots during which three people were killed and a gendarme “very seriously injured”, his services announced in a press release.

“All violence is intolerable and will be the subject of an implacable response to ensure the return of republican order,” added the French presidency following a crisis meeting of the Defense and National Security Council devoted to the situation of this French archipelago in the South Pacific. “The President of the Republic recalled the need for a resumption of political dialogue,” she said.

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