20 Aug 2008

New Caledonian among French soldiers killed in Afghanistan

5:05 pm on 20 August 2008

Tributes are being paid in New Caledonia to a Kanak who was among the ten French soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

The mayor of Ouvea says the family and tribe of Melam Baouma are in shock at the news of his death.

The mayor says only a few days ago he had called his family.

Politicians and the French high commissioner have expressed their condolences to the family.