23 May 2024

'Plea for dialogue' French Ambassador on New Caledonia

From , 6:02 am on 23 May 2024
Police patrol a street blocked by debris and burnt out items following overnight unrest in the Magenta district of Noumea, France's Pacific territory of New Caledonia, on May 18, 2024. Hundreds of French security personnel tried to restore order in the Pacific island territory of New Caledonia on May 18, after a fifth night of riots, looting and unrest. (Photo by Delphine Mayeur / AFP)

Photo: AFP/Delphine Mayeur

The French Ambassador to the Pacific has condemned violence in New Caledonia calling it an unacceptable means to an end.
Véronique Roger-Lacan says you can not justify deadly protests just because one group fails to 'use their political power to convince the assembly and the senate' against a controversial constitutional reform.
Ms Roger-Lacan spoke to RNZ Pacific's Lydia Lewis from Paris after representing France at a United Nations decolonization seminar.
She calls for peace.