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New Caledonia: French territory votes against independence

Nov 04, 2018 19:26 IST

Residents of New Caledonia voted to remain part of France in a nationwide referendum, that saw almost an 80% turnout. At least 56.4% chose to remain part of France. French President said the results showed confidence in the govt. New Caledonia relies heavily on France for defence, law enforcement, and education needs, while France sees the Pacific territory as a vital political and economic asset.

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