New Caledonia leaders plead with French PM over COVID-19 rules
Auckland: Three New Caledonian members of the French legislature have turned to the French Prime Minister over their concerns about the extension of France’s health emergency.
Measures adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic give Paris the power to decide what quarantine measures apply, including in New Caledonia.
Under the new rules, New Caledonia would not be allowed to quarantine people who Paris deemed to have arrived from a low-risk country. Senator Gerard Poajda and the National Assembly’s Philippe Dunoyer and Philippe Gomes said France’s emergency application in New Caledonia went against both the constitution and the Noumea Accord.