New Caledonia voters choose to stay part of France


Pacific archipelago of New New Caledonia have decided against independence from France. NPR's Eleanor Beard, so he reports 53% of margin was tighter. In the previous referendum Two years ago in 18 2056% of voters chose to remain part of France. New Caledonia became French in 18 53 under Emperor Napoleon, the third, Napoleon Bonaparte's nephew and heir. The archipelago Some 2000 miles east of Australia, was used for decades as a prisoner colony. French citizenship was granted to all can AKs in 1957. Referendums are the final steps of a process that started 30 years ago after years of violence that pitched pro independence activists against those wishing to remain part of France. As

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