New Caledonia is experiencing a critical period on the political level due to France’s remilitarization of the country, which is having a negative impact on society in both psychological and social aspects, according to Foreign Minister Mickaël Forrest.

Speaking at a roundtable and press conference on “Decolonization, International Diplomacy, and the Role of Communication in the Modern World,” Forrest emphasized the importance of small nations with colonial pasts having the opportunity to share their stories and express their identity and current situation.