“The State shows great political ignorance, immense historical ignorance”, according to Christiane Taubira who notably attacks Gérald Darmanin

Christiane Taubira denounces an “insurrectional situation which does not come from nowhere” in New Caledonia and particularly blames the executive.

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Christiane Taubira, February 22, 2022 at the Maison de la radio.  (JULIEN MICHEL / RADIOFRANCE)

“It’s an absurd situation, because there have been efforts on both sides for several decades”explained Thursday May 16 on franceinfo Christiane Taubira, Minister of Justice from 2012 to 2016, after the tensions that arose in New Caledonia which left 5 dead, including two gendarmes. “There have been milestones reached, there have been extremely difficult periodscontinues Christiane Taubira. It was an intelligent process that showed great political maturity, loyalty in reciprocal relations even if disagreements persisted. This insurrectional situation that we are witnessing does not come out of nowhere. We saw it coming in recent weeks.”says François Hollande’s former Minister of Justice.

Regarding New Caledonia, she believes that “this story is paved with deaths, Jean-Marie Tjibaou paid dearly in 1989, before him Eloi Machoro, it is paved with moments of tension but there were efforts because the responsibility is political”, she supports. She denounces the “blatant inequalities” and highlights “the State which has a colossal responsibility” because according to her “for several years the State has shown great political ignorance, immense historical ignorance when we hear the Minister of the Interior [Gérald Darmanin] which is of an immaturity which is extremely dangerous and which gives the results which we see today”.

Christiane Taubira talks about the last referendum of 2021 which was “capital”because “we saw that the 1er and the 2e had been tight, on the 3e should normally allow us to settle down in complete serenity. The government has brought forward this referendum” and decided “to set it in 2021 and not to hear the request for a postponement of a few months from the separatists” He “do not use force, chin games or displays of authority” even if it’s “the only answer known to the Ministry of the Interior”. For Christiane Taubira, who is in charge of Gérald Darmanin, “the anomaly is that such a subject is in the hands of the Ministry of the Interior.”

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