New Cale­do­nia lead­ers plead with French PM over COVID-19 rules

Fiji Sun - - PACIFIC NEWS -

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.

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