Posted at 19:29 on 25 January, 2013 UTC
France has named a new High Commissioner to New Caledonia to succeed Albert Dupuy.
The government has chosen Jean-Jacques Brot after a recommendation by the interior minister, Manuel Valls.
Mr Brot has been the prefect of Finistere in western Britanny.
He has also served as prefect in Mayotte and in the 1980s he was a diplomatic advisor to Gaston Flosse when he was a member of the government of Jacques Chirac.
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