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F24. France declares state of emergency in 21st century "Zone of Influence"
The unrest flared after French lawmakers approved a bill extending voting rights in provincial elections to residents arriving from mainland France—a change critics fear could marginalise indigenous people and benefit pro-France politicians.
Macron has been seeking to reassert his country's importance in the Pacific region, where China and the United States are vying for influence but France has a < wipes tears > strategic footprint through its overseas territories, which include New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Lying between Australia and Fiji, New Caledonia is one of several French territories spanning the globe from the Caribbean and Indian Ocean to the Pacific that remain part of France in the < wipes tears >  post-colonial era.
France imposes state of emergency, bans TikTok in riot-hit New Caledonia, 15 May
The death of the French gendarme followed two nights of rioting as protesters demonstrated against a constitutional reform being debated in the national assembly in Paris that aims to expand the electorate in the territory's provincial elections.
The main figure of the non-independence camp, former minister Sonia Backes, denounced what she described as the anti-White racism of demonstrators who burned down the house of her father, a man in his 70s who was < wipes tears > exfiltrated by the security forces.

"If he was not attacked because he was my father, he was at least attacked because he was White," she told BFMTV.

ChatGPT | France accuses Azerbaijan of fomenting deadly riots in overseas territory New Caledonia, 16 May
Speaking to POLITICO, a French intelligence official granted anonymity to discuss sensitive issues of national security, said that "we've detected activities from < wipes tears > Russia and Azerbaijan in New Caledonia for weeks, even a few months. They're pushing the narrative of France being a colonialist state."
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by Cat on Thu May 16th, 2024 at 03:16:03 PM EST
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