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Jean Lèques : Emblematic local figure of New Caledonia

Jean Georges Lèques was born in Vallée-du-Tir in Nouméa, to an old Caledonian family anchored locally since 1861, the date on which his grandfather Louis Lèques established himself in the territory. The personality of Jean Lèques, his character and his deep commitment to his fellow citizens and his commune contributed to making him an emblematic and appreciated figure of New Caledonia. Who was the man behind the politician?

Proximity and Accessibility


What distinguished Jean Lèques was his proximity to the inhabitants of Nouméa and New Caledonia in general. A true actor in reconciliation by signing the Matignon Accords in 1988, he was renowned for his availability, his accessibility and his willingness to listen to the concerns of his fellow citizens. It was not uncommon to see him go into neighborhoods, talking with residents to understand their daily realities. He was involved in social and associative initiatives which had a direct impact on the lives of populations. His contribution to organizations like SOS Logement and the Logicoop association reflected his desire to help those in need, particularly in terms of housing. He was a personality who was actively involved in concrete projects to improve the quality of life of New Caledonians.

Family and Values


Jean Lèques was married to Évelyne Lacheret, with whom he founded a family of four children. Their union, beyond different religious confessions, symbolized the dimension they attached to the values of tolerance and mutual respect. The Lèques couple was an example of collaboration and commitment to community service.

As a politician, he was mayor of the commune of Nouméa for 28 years and the first president of the collegial government.

He quickly understood the importance of civic involvement, cultural diversity and sustainable development for New Caledonia. His desire to promote social housing and encourage the participation of young artists showed that he thought beyond the boundaries of traditional politics.


The man affectionately called “Fifils” by his constituents leaves behind a legacy of commitment, closeness and dedication to his native land and his fellow citizens. The man in the shadow of political titles will remain an inspiring and respected figure for future generations, reminding us that commitment to serving one's community can leave a lasting and positive mark on the world.


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