Is­land group votes to re­main a part of France

The Guardian Weekly - - Global report -

The South Pa­cific ar­chi­pel­ago of New Cale­do­nia has voted against in­de­pen­dence from France in a long-awaited ref­er­en­dum that capped a 30-year long de­coloni­sa­tion process.

Based on pro­vi­sional re­sults and with a par­tic­i­pa­tion rate of nearly 80%, the no vote stood at 56.9% last Sun­day, lo­cal TV sta­tion NC La 1ère re­ported on its web­site, a closer vote than was ex­pected.

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