5 Apr 2017

New Caledonia to discuss public safety

10:17 am on 5 April 2017

A top level meeting has been called in New Caledonia to discuss security concerns raised by civil society.

New group formed after fatal motorcycle of New Caledonian woman

New group formed after fatal motorcycle of New Caledonian woman Photo: FB

This followed a rally by a small group outside the French High Commission in Noumea which vowed to stay put until their call for talks was met.

The Collective against Insecurity in New Caledonia was formed last month after the death of a motorcyclist near Noumea.

Debate on social media had been intense over whether her fatal fall was an accident or the result of foul play because the incident happened along the troubled stretch of the main road near St Louis.

The road, which has been the scene of unrest late last year, was repeatedly closed, disrupting the life of thousands.

The group said it had now been assured that a meeting would be held with the President of New Caledonia, the president of the southern province, the four mayors of the Noumea agglomeration and a top official from the French High Commission.

The meeting is expected to go ahead no later than Friday.

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