New Caledonia's indigenous people fight for independence from France

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As the country prepares for a referendum on 4 November, the scars of colonisation are still raw. 

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Just over 16,700km from Paris, on the edge of the southwest Pacific Ocean, lies a little piece of France. In New Caledonia, locals eat croissants for breakfast, crêpes for lunch and in the afternoons play pétanque in shady city squares. They drive on the right, speak fluent French and the outskirts of the capital Nouméa are dotted with hypermarchés, reports The Guardian.