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Vale factory in New Caledonia: non-independence supporters in favor of Lecornu's proposals


The state should become more involved in the business of the nickel plant, the sale of which has led to increased violence in New Caledonia.

The non-independence leaders of New Caledonia said they were satisfied on Tuesday January 12 with

"the stronger involvement of the State"

proposed by the Minister for Overseas, Sébastien Lecornu, in the takeover of the nickel plant in Vale, at the center of a lively controversy.

"We can only congratulate ourselves, we have not stopped campaigning in favor of this proposal of common sense.

Let us hope that the government's initiative will be up to the challenges, including the maintenance of 3,000 jobs, ”

reacted MP Philippe Gomes (UDI) on Facebook.

To read also: Sébastien Lecornu: "The Republic is not weak in New Caledonia"

In mid-December, its formation, Caledonia together, had suggested

"a temporary takeover"

by the State of this metallurgical plant whose sale by the Brazilian Vale to a consortium, including the Swiss commodities trader, Trafigura, raises the issue. anger of the separatists.

“It's a good thing that there is state involvement in the factory



This can build a solution acceptable to all ”

, for her part declared to RRB radio Sonia Backès, president of the southern province (Avenir en Confiance, right).

For his part, the President of the Government, Thierry Santa, judged

the minister's project



On Monday evening, in a televised address, Sébastien Lecornu said

"wanting to extend a hand one last time"

to try to find a way out of this explosive issue, which sparked an outbreak of violence in mid-December.

"I am ready to discuss a stronger implication of the State in the plant of the South"

, announced Sébastien Lecornu who must transmit


to the Caledonian officials an in-depth proposal.

It could be, according to sources familiar with the matter, an acquisition of a shareholding in the capital, which would be in addition to the 60 billion CFP (500 million euros) already provided by the State in loans, guarantees and tax exemption to the plan. reprise.

Read also: Confined in New Caledonia, Minister Sébastien Lecornu initiates post-referendum negotiations

The FLNKS (Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front) has not yet officially reacted.

Contacted by AFP, his spokesperson Daniel Goa, however, described

Sébastien Lecornu's proposal as a

"small step"


"It is far from being won"

, he added while awaiting further details and consultation with the collective "southern factory: country factory" and the Indigenous Customary Negotiating Body (ICAN) , spearheads of the mobilization against the arrival of Trafigura in New Caledonia.

The Vale metallurgical plant, backing onto the rich Goro deposit, is currently shut down and under the protection of the police, after being stormed by rioters on December 10 and the target of a multitude of 'abuses.

The industrialist announced Monday the partial unemployment of almost all employees, or 1,200 people.

Source: lefigaro

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