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New Caledonia Riots: France Deploys Troops, Fresh Curfew After Violence Continues

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As turmoil persists, the French government has said that it will send troops to guard ports and the main airport in the French region of New Caledonia.

On Monday, clashes broke out after MPs in Paris approved voting roll modifications that the native population claims will lessen their political clout. The violence has claimed the lives of at least four people, including a police officer.

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal announced that a new curfew and a ban on TikTok would be implemented in an effort to bring about calm, following the chairing of a crisis meeting. A state of emergency had previously been proclaimed by President Emmanuel Macron, who threatened to take tough measures in response to the violence.

The proposal by Parisian lawmakers to allow French citizens who have been in the region for ten years to vote in the province set off the unrest.

On Wednesday morning, the French parliament gave its approval to the modifications.

Public buildings have been set on fire, shops have been robbed, and hundreds of people—roughly 100 police and gendarmes among them—have been hurt, according to French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

“Soldiers have been deployed to secure ports and the airport in New Caledonia,” Attal stated on Wednesday during a crisis cabinet meeting in Paris. As per Attal, Louis Le Franc, the central government representative in the area, “declared a curfew and banned TikTok”.

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