Hundreds of French police deployed amid New Caledonia riots

State of emergency in place because of deadly unrest over bill that will let French people vote in provincial elections after 10 years of residence

Armed forces were protecting New Caledonia’s two airports and port and hundreds of French police were on their way to the Pacific territory after a third night of violent riots that have killed four people.

In three municipalities of the French collectivity, gendarmes faced about 5,000 rioters, including between 3,000 and 4,000 in the capital, Noumea, said France’s high commissioner, Louis Le Franc.

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