France boosts police and military before New Caledonia vote
By Nic Maclellan
As New Caledonia moves towards a referendum on self-determination on 12 December, France is deploying new police and military forces to the French Pacific dependency. In a show of strength, nearly 2,500 extra security forces – backed by armoured cars, helicopters and other equipment – will spread out across New Caledonia in the next few weeks.
All independence parties had called for the referendum to be postponed until 2022, because of disruption to campaigning during a surge of COVID . . .