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Macron says New Caledonia has voted to remain French in referendum

New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Elysee Palace in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that New Caledonia will remain French, after a majority of voters in the French overseas territory voted against independence in a third and final referendum.

“Caledonians have chosen to remain French. They decided that freely,” Macron said in a televised address.

“We can’t ignore that the electorate remained deeply divided over the years. (…) A period of transition is now starting,” he added.

(Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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