27 Jun 2011

New Caledonia tightens alcohol sales in Noumea area

1:24 pm on 27 June 2011

There will be a three-month restriction on the sale of alcohol around the New Caledonian capital from July the 1st.

The French high commission has decided to curb the sale of alcohol in Mont-Dore and Dumbea on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as on public holidays and the night preceding them.

A statement says this is to help in the fight against abusive consumption and breaches of public order.

Bans on the sale of alcohol have repeatedly been imposed in Noumea at weekends for the last three years in a bid to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related crimes.

The restrictions don't apply to hotels and restaurants.