New Caledonia is expecting its first cyclone of the season. For the moment, it is only a strong tropical depression called Ruby. It should become a cyclone in the evening of 13 December. It should arrive during the night from the north. It could skirt the east coast during the day on Tuesday. The maximum cyclonic alert (n°2) will be triggered on Monday 13 December at 8pm in the North Province and at 11pm in the South Province and the Loyalty Islands. Residents must therefore remain in their homes. This will not make the task of Emmanuel Macron’s minister, Sébastien Lecornu, any easier. He came to discuss with New Caledonian elected representatives after the referendum on Sunday 12 December.
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- One kilo of cocaine seized in Noumea
On 8 February, two men aged 45 and 48 living in New Caledonia were arrested by the police. Customs seized one kilo of cocaine hidden in a postal parcel. The investigators also seized one gram of ecstasy. The two traffickers had been under surveillance for some time. They had picked up a parcel at the post office in which the drugs were hidden in a small portable enclosure. The police are now working hard to find the dealers' customers. This is the largest cocaine seizure in Caledonia in recent years.