French president convenes top ministers to discuss spiraling violence in territory of New Caledonia

PARIS (AP) — France’s government rushed hundreds of police reinforcements to the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia and considered imposing an emergency Wednesday to curb curb violence that has killed four people on the island, where pro-independence supporters have long pushed to break free from France.

After successive nights of unrest, French authorities reported the first deaths on Wednesday, with a gendarme among the four people killed. More than 300 people have been injured since Monday, when protests over voting changes pushed by Paris turned violent. There have also been more than 130 arrests, French authorities said.

There have been decades of tensions on the archipelago between Indigenous Kanaks seeking

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