24 Aug 2011

French president to announce anti-crime measures in New Caledonia

1:15 pm on 24 August 2011

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, is expected to announce new measures to fight crime in New Caledonia.

This has been revealed by the territory's two members of the French assembly ahead of his first visit to Noumea as president later this week.

The two had written to Mr Sarkozy last week, pointing out that in the first half of this year assault figures were up by about 45 percent over last year.

In a reply, Mr Sarkozy says he will announce a certain number of measures to counter this.

He says some steps have been taken in the past few months, but the time has come to go further, in particular in the Noumea area.

There have been regular weekend liquor bans in a bid to improve orderliness.

Meanwhile, the CSTNC union says it will demonstrate against the high cost of living on Friday when the presidential visit begins.

This comes despite a decision by the territory's union umbrella group to call off its march, saying its calls for action are being heard.