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France Declares State Of Emergency As Riots Break Out In New Caledonia Over Electoral Reform

France declared a state of emergency on the Pacific Island of New Caledonia on Wednesday. This comes after a police officer and three other people died in riots over an electoral reform. According to news agency Reuters, the state of emergency entered into force at 5 a.m. local time (1800 GMT). It gives additional powers to authorities to ban gatherings and forbid people from moving around the French-ruled island. The riots broke out over a new bill adopted by French lawmakers in Paris on Tuesday. According to the Reuters report, the new bill will let French residents who have lived in New Caledonia for 10 years vote in provincial elections. According to The Washington Post, local leaders and critics believe that the new bill could possibly marginalise t...
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France declares state of emergency in New Caledonia after deadly riots – Times of India

NEW DELHI: France on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in New Caledonia, a Pacific Island, following deadly riots sparked by protests against electoral reform, according to Reuters report.This measure grants authorities additional powers to control gatherings and restrict movement across the French-administered territory.The unrest ensued after lawmakers in Paris passed a bill permitting French residents residing in New Caledonia for a decade to vote in provincial elections.This move raised concerns among local leaders about the potential dilution of the Kanak indigenous community's voting influence.Prime Minister Gabriel Attal emphasized the severity of the violence, vowing not to tolerate further unrest. The state of emergency, slated to last for 12 days, aims to restore order t...