16 Nov 2015

New Caledonians rally after Paris attacks

7:56 am on 16 November 2015

About 250 people in New Caledonia have gathered in central Noumea to express their solidarity with the victims of the attacks in Paris.

The mayor of Noumea, Sonia Lagarde, says all of France, be it the mainland or the overseas territories, is touched by the events.

A state of heightened alert has been declared in the overseas territories, with security tightened at key points, such as airports and New Caledonia's nickel plants.

Political parties have issued statements, condemning barbarity and calling for strong action in response.

One party closed its weekend Congress in Noumea early when news broke of the attacks in France.

French Polynesian mayors had flown off for the annual meeting of French mayors when news broke that the bombings prompted the cancellation of this week's conference.

In Wallis and Futuna, flags are being flown at half mast.

Paris attack victims remembered

Paris attack victims remembered Photo: AFP