14 Mar 2018

Curfew call to fight New Caledonia youth crime

3:50 pm on 14 March 2018

A New Caledonian politician has asked France whether it could allow curfews to be declared for minors to fight lawlessness.

French police officers stand guard on a road in Mont-Dore, a suburb of Noumea, in New Caledonia, on May 28, 2014, while a tow lifts the wreckage of a burned car. Angry residents from the Saint Louis tribal group burned cars creating roadblocks on May 24, 2014

Photo: AFP

The issue has been raised in the French National Assembly by New Caledonia's Philippe Dunoyer who said despite the best efforts of the police, discontent and anger were growing over crime.

He said no week goes by without a school being ransacked, a supermarket vandalised and a service station robbed.

Mr Dunoyer has asked the interior minister whether he could give New Caledonia's mayors the power to declare curfews for minors who account for about quarter of the offending.

The minister Gerard Colomb said there was a need for more cooperation with New Caledonian representatives to be able to restore order and find the cause of the phenomenon.

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