Benoit Magimel was awarded the César for best actor for the film Pacification-Tourments sur les Iles on Friday 24 February in Paris. The film was shot in Polynesia in August 2021, with local actors and technical teams. This feature film by Albert Serra is a political thriller set on the island of Tahiti. Benoît Magimel plays the role of a high commissioner of the archipelago who investigates a possible resumption of nuclear testing. Last year, the film was in competition at the famous Cannes Film Festival. During the ceremony, Benoit Magimel thanked his Polynesian compatriots. This trophy is a great publicity for Polynesia.
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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.