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30 years ago, New Caledonia hostage crisis shocked France

On November 4, New Caledonians will vote on whether or not to remain part of France. It's the culmination of three decades of dialogue and negotiations. But what would ultimately prove a peaceful process drew its roots in violence and the infamous Ouvéa hostage crisis. In 1988, Kanak pro-independence militants attacked a police station on Ouvéa Island, took hostages and barricaded themselves in a nearby grotto. Our colleagues from France 3 look back at the crisis, with FRANCE 24's Peter O'Brien.


A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett and Gaëlle Essoo.

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