Cynthia Ligeard

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Cynthia Ligeard
New Caledonia President Cynthia Liegard, Julie Bishop and Anthony Lecren (cropped).PNG
President of the Government of New Caledonia
In office
June 5, 2014 – April 1, 2015
Preceded by Harold Martin
Succeeded by Philippe Germain
President of the Provincial Assembly of South Province
In office
September 20, 2012 – May 11, 2014
Preceded by Pierre Frogier
Succeeded by Philippe Michel
Vice President of the Provincial Assembly of South Province
In office
November 9, 2011 – September 20, 2012
President Pierre Frogier
Preceded by Sonia Lagarde
Succeeded by Gil Brial
Personal details
Cynthia Parage

(1962-06-15) 15 June 1962 (age 57)
Nouméa, New Caledonia
Political party The Rally (since 2014)
Other political
The Rally–UMP (2004–2014)
Rally for Caledonia in the Republic (2002–2004)

Cynthia Ligeard (born June 15, 1962 Nouméa) is a New Caledonian anti-independence politician. Ligeard was the second woman to serve as President of the Government of New Caledonia, a position she held from June 5, 2014, until April 1, 2015.[1] (Marie-Noëlle Thémereau was the first female President of New Caledonia from 2004 to 2007).[1]


Ligeard was born Cynthia Parage in Nouméa, New Caledonia, on June 15, 1962. She is a caldoche, or New Caledonian of French descent.[1]

The 2014 New Caledonian legislative election were held on May 11, 2014. Cynthia Ligeard was elected President of the Government of New Caledonia by Congress on June 5, 2014.[2] She headed a coalition of anti-independence New Caledonian political parties in Congress.[1] However, Ligeard's government lasted just six months before its collapse in December 2014 due to a dispute between the anti-independence coalition parties over finances and fiscal issues.[1][3] Philippe Germain of Caledonia Together succeeded her as president on April 1, 2015.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Baker, Kerryn (July 2016). "The Highest Glass Ceiling — Women, Politics and Executive Power in the Pacific" (PDF). State, Society and Governance in Melanesia at Australian National University. Archived from the original on 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  2. ^ "Installation des Institutions. Dernier acte : le gouvernement". Government of New Caledonia. 2014-06-05. Archived from the original on 2019-03-23. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  3. ^ a b "Germain becomes New Caledonia president". Radio New Zealand International. 2015-04-02. Archived from the original on 2018-11-06. Retrieved 2019-03-23.