Police in New Caledonia have used teargas to break about a fresh outbreak of violence in St Louis between Kanaks and settlers from Wallis and Futuna.
They say the clashes left a police officer injured as well as a nun who was on her way to the Catholic mission at Ave Maria.
The violence erupted after what is believed to have been an arson attack on a Kanak man's home who last year accidentally killed a Wallisian.
Although no link to any Wallisians was made, Kanaks open fire at the Wallisian settlement and at an armoured police vehicle.
They also seized a four-wheel drive vehicle and set it ablaze.