French president to visit riot-hit New Caledonia

The French government says President Emmanuel Macron will visit riot-hit New Caledonia.

It says Macron will likely leave on Tuesday night for the French territory in the South Pacific.

The government has not yet disclosed his schedule there. He is expected to take the lead to resolve the situation in New Caledonia, which has been rocked by more than a week of turmoil.

The unrest by some indigenous people and others who seek independence from France has continued since it erupted on May 13. Several people have died.

Paris has declared a state of emergency for the territory to deal with the situation.

The international airport has been closed, making tourists unable to return home.