New Caledonia votes on independence

T TV Sunday 04/November/2018 23:21 PM
By: Times News Service

This comes as a referendum that is the result of a 30-year long decolonisation process.

It is the first auto-determination vote to be held in a French territory since Djibouti in the Horn of Africa voted for independence in 1977.

Tensions have long run deep between pro-independence indigenous Kanaks and descendants of colonial settlers who remain loyal to Paris.

A "yes" vote would not only dent the pride of France but would deprive Paris of a foothold in the Indo-Pacific region where China is expanding its presence.