French Pacific Territory Rejects Independence

Voters in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia have rejected a bid for independence, according to the reports.

Final results showed that 56.4% chose to remain part of France while 43.6% voted to leave – a tighter result than some polls had predicted.

Turnout was about 81%. The vote was promised by a 1988 deal that put an end to a violent campaign for independence.

President Emmanuel Macron said it showed “confidence in the French republic”.

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