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New Caledonia says ‘no’ in referendum on independence from France

More than 53.2% of voters said their territory wanted to be French, and as a result it was granted. French President Emmanuel Macron In a speech from the Elysee Palace in Paris he was greeted with “deep gratitude” and “humility”.

Despite the overall result, support for independence is growing in New Caledonia, which was colonized by France in 1853. More than 46.7% of the votes cast were in favor of independence, up from 43.3% in the last vote in November 2018.

The turnout was more than 85% as the poll took place without any masks or social distance measures. The epidemic has largely saved the Govt-19 case numbers from being greatly reduced due to the drastic reduction in international flights and the mandatory isolation of visitors.

The referendum was part of a program of colonization under the Noumia Accord of 1998, which ended a deadly conflict between mostly pro-independence Indigenous peoples and descendants of European immigrants. Another referendum could be held by 2022 if at least a third of the local legislature demands it.

Located between Australia and Fiji, New Caledonia provides France with a strategic base in the Pacific Ocean, where China is expanding its influence, as well as important nickel reserves. Its population is 270,000.

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