June 24th, 2024

Police officer detained after 7th death in France’s restive New Caledonia territory

By The Associated Press on May 24, 2024.

PARIS (AP) – The French prosecutor for New Caledonia says a police officer has been taken into custody after shooting and killing a man after they were set upon by a group of about 15 people.

Yves Dupas says the officer is believed to have fired one shot, killing a 48-year-old man on Friday afternoon. It’s the seventh shooting death reported since unrest erupted May 13 on the archipelago over contested voted reforms.

It comes a day after French President Emmanuel Macron made an emergency round-trip from Paris to de-escalate the violence in New Caledonia, where Indigenous Kanak people have long sought independence from France.

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