Riots in New Caledonia

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8185853.stm

    It is a one step from independence. Why not to give it to the islanders?

    http://www.nasdaq.com/aspx/stock-market-news-story.aspx?storyid=200908051053dowjonesdjonline000641&title=france-sends-reinforcements-to-quell-new-caledonia-unrest

    It looks as Pasis wishes to prolong its colonial rule in New Caledonia as far as possible.
     
  2. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Why not ask the French :roll:
     
  3. The territory is very rich in mineral resources (for example, it gives 25% of World's nickel). GDP is $8.8 BILLION and GDP per capita is more than in New Zealand.

    French authorities apparently try to change demographic balanse to block the independence in the future.

    The riots could lead to a war for independece and as a result French forces would be needed far away from Afghanistan.
     
  4. Unfortunately for all the French bashers, an agreement has been signed last night between the violent unionists and the company they were opposing. The road blocks have been removed and things are going back to normal.

    In French: http://www.lefigaro.fr/actualite-france/2009/08/06/01016-20090806ARTFIG00220-sortie-de-crise-en-vue-en-nouvelle-caledonie-.php

    No Caledonien in his right mind would want to cut the ties with France, they have way too much to lose. In all the French overseas territories, the trend is actually the opposite with an island like Mayotte recently voting with an overwhelming majority (more than 95%) to remain French.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7970450.stm

    So sorry but you can pack up your dreams of civil wars and French infantry Bn being diverted from A-stan to crush a rebellion in Nouvelle-Caledonie. And even if that was needed, the Gendarmerie has 125 squadrons of Gendarmes Mobiles to do just that....
     
  5. Looking on the bright side again then eh?
     
  6. I don't know if anyone "dreams" of a Fr Bn being diverted from Afghanistan. They probably dream that it would be helpful if they took themselves South or East and got stuck in - and supplied a few helicopters and sent some more fighting troops. Those are my "dreams" - and also that the Germans might follow suit.
    whf
     
  7. Thank you for valuable information Fantassin.

    I have heard that pro-independence forces in New Caledonia gained significant support during the last elections happened in May.
     
  8. You are obviously very ill informed; the French are and have been in RC-E for over a year. If you want to have an idea of what the French are doing in their sector in RC-E, here is a taste :

    http://www.dailymotion.com/search/Kaboul/video/x9bium_dyannecy-a-kaboul-extrait-3_news

    FYI, a French Marine was KIA last Saturday and two others WIA; the 3 RIMa in its AOR averages several TICs a day; 3 155 SP guns were delivered to French FOBs this week with another 5 to come; three French army air corps Tiger ARH attack helicopters are expected to be FOC on the 8 of August; 3 French army air corps Cougar transport helicopters are also arriving this month as well as another troop of AMX-10RCR AFVs armed with a 105 mm cannon.