New Caledonia said “no” in a referendum on independence from France

New Caledonia said
.2 More than 53.3% of voters said they want their region to remain French, to give results French President Emmanuel Macron In a solemn address at the Elysee Palace in Paris, he welcomed “gratitude with a sense of humor” and “humility”.

Despite the overall result, support for independence is growing in New Caledonia, which was granted colonization by France in 1853. Cast cast. More votes than in% were in favor of independence, 43,43% in the last vote in November, 2001.

Turnout was over 85% without any masks or social distance measures. The epidemic has largely saved the archipelago, which has kept the number of Covid-19 cases very low by sharply reducing international flights and imposing mandatory quarantine for all arrivals.

The referendum was part of a decolonization plan under the Naumiya Accord, agreed in 1998, which ended the deadly conflict between the pro-independence indigenous dough population and the descendants of European settlers. Another referendum will be held by 2022 if at least one-third of the local legislature is requested.

Located between Australia and Fiji, New Caledonia offers France a strategic foothold 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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