The emphatic 96.5 per cent victory of the anti-independence side in New Caledonia’s referendum on 12 December 2021 has been applauded by many French politicians. French President Emmanuel Macron says that it ends the ‘binary choice’ that has long pre-occupied France’s distant Pacific territory.
Pro-independence parties in New Caledonia have rejected the result of a referendum, which overwhelmingly approved the Pacific territory remaining part of France, as final results showed that almost two-third of voters abstained or returned blank or null ballots.
A coalition of pro-independence groups said in a statement on Monday that they “do not recognise the legitimacy or the validity of this vote.”
The French Pacific territory of New Caledonia is voting in a third and final referendum on independence from France.
But the poll on Sunday is being marred by a boycott from the main independence parties who say the coronavirus pandemic is preventing a fair ballot.