France Interview

New Caledonia independence leader accuses Paris of meddling ahead of vote

The inhabitants of the semi-autonomous South Pacific French territory of New Caledonia are to vote on Sunday in a referendum on whether they want full independence from France, which colonised the archipelago in the mid-19th century. In a similar referendum in 2018, nearly 57% of votes cast were against cutting ties with Paris. Can the pro-independence movement swing the result in their favour this time around? Joseph Confavreux interviews New Caledonia's prominent pro-independence political leader Jean-Pierre Djaïwé.  

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On October 4th, the inhabitants of the semi-autonomous French south-west Pacific Ocean territory of New Caledonia are to vote in a referendum on whether they want full independence.

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