France to lift New Caledonia state of emergency


The state of emergency in riot-hit New Caledonia will be lifted on Monday evening at 8 p.m. in Paris, which is 5 a.m. Tuesday in the French overseas territory, to allow for political dialogue, the French presidency said, Paralel.Az reports citing DW.

"The President has decided for the time being not to extend the state of emergency" beyond its legal deadline of 12 days to allow for meetings with the pro-independence FLNKS party, the Elysee said in a statement Sunday.

It added that 480 gendarmes were being sent to the Pacific territory as reinforcements.