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France had promised to send troops to New Caledonia after a state of emergency was declared in the French Island Territory amid violent mass riots — triggered by Paris-backed changes to local voting rights.

The French government has deployed military units to New Caledonia amid continuing civil unrest in the French South Pacific territory.

The troops will back up police efforts to secure ports and the main airport in the capital. French President Emmanuel Macron has declared a state of emergency to last at least 12 days.

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal has announced the decision to send an additional 1,000 gendarmes to New Caledonia to suppress protests, Report informs referring to TASS.

“1,000 additional gendarmes will be sent to the site,” Attal said after a meeting of the Defense Council of the Republic.

There are already about 1,700 law enforcement officers on the territory of New Caledonia.

He added that the situation “remains extremely tense.”

New Caledonia’s main airports, Nouméa La Tontouta and Nouméa Magenta, were closed, and all flights were canceled following intense rioting in Nouméa and nearby townships. The unrest, which erupted over proposed constitutional reforms, prompted the imposition of an island-wide curfew after rioters set vehicles and buildings on fire on the night of May 13.

Faced with the serious riots shaking New Caledonia, the government took advantage of the state of emergency declared to block TikTok on the island. This is an unprecedented measure in France and Europe.

by Tyler Durden

More shocking images have come out of the ongoing unrest and riots which have gripped the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia, as additional French troops, including reports of

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