French President Suspends New Caledonia’s Constitutional Amendment

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on June 12th that he “decided to suspend” New Caledonia’s constitutional amendment. However, the president also said he would not withdraw the law.

The suspension comes after the amendment caused a significant amount of unrest across the South Pacific island since mid-May. The unrest led to the deployment of French security forces from both France and French Polynesia.

Marcon made the announcement during a press conference in Paris, where he said that the now-dissolved National Assembly’s pending projects will be resumed “once a majority is confirmed, enlarged, or formed with other partners.”

Furthermore, he said he suspended the amendment “to give maximum strength to the dialogue on the ground and to return to order.”