French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to New Caledonia highlighted the strategic importance of the vast reserves of nickel in the French Pacific dependency.
Speaking in Noumea, President Macron said: “Nickel creates wealth for New Caledonia. It is also, and I say this forcefully here, a major strategic resource for France and Europe, at a time when we have embarked on a massive reindustrialisation effort.”
During Macron’s visit, French ministers held a roundtable with nickel industry companies. The roundtable discussed current challenges facing the crucial economic sector, especially rising energy costs, industrial disputes . . .