New Caledonia’s Crossroads: Unrest, Identity, And The Future Of French Sovereignty

The French territory of New Caledonia has been immersed in violent upheaval since Monday, prompting the capital’s mayor, Sonia Lagarde, to describe Nouméa as “under siege.” This unrest, which has resulted in six fatalities and over 200 arrests, was ignited by Paris lawmakers’ decision to extend voting rights to more French citizens in local elections, a move that Indigenous Kanak leaders fear will erode their political influence. In response, French