Australia, New Zealand to send evacuation flights to New Caledonia

Australia, New Zealand to send evacuation flights to New Caledonia Australia and New Zealand said they will send government planes to New Caledonia on Tuesday to evacuate nationals from the French territory which has experienced a week of deadly riots, sparked by electoral changes by the French government in Paris, Repor
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May 21, 2024 09:09
Australia, New Zealand to send evacuation flights to New Caledonia

Australia and New Zealand said they will send government planes to New Caledonia on Tuesday to evacuate nationals from the French territory which has experienced a week of deadly riots, sparked by electoral changes by the French government in Paris, Report informs via US News.

France's High Commission in New Caledonia said on Tuesday the airport remains closed for commercial flights, and it will deploy the military to protect public buildings.

There were around 3,200 people waiting to leave or enter New Caledonia as commercial flights were canceled due to the unrest that broke out last week, the local government has said.

Over 1,000 gendarmes and police from France were at work, and another 600 personnel would be added in the coming hours, France's High Commission said.

Roads in Noumea are being cleared, with bulldozers removing burnt-out car carcasses and debris, it added.

New Zealand, French and Australian foreign ministers held a call on Monday evening after New Zealand and Australia said they were waiting for clearance from French authorities to send defense aircraft to evacuate tourists.

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