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New Caledonia rejects independence, will stay part of France

People in the southern Pacific French territory of New Caledonia have narrowly voted to stay part of France in the second referendum on the matter in three years.
There has been long-running tension between the Indigenous Kanak peoples, who largely seek independence, and the descendants of colonial settlers, who largely remain loyal to Paris.

Al Jazeera’s Joao da Silva reports.

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    France does not belong in the Pacific be it New Caledonia or Tahiti….it's only foreigners who live there that vote no whilst the indigenous peoples want to exercise their own independence and vote yes. Let all those who want to stay with France go to France.

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    01:50

    OMG 😍💖❤️ 💋💝

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    freedom can't be bargained at any cost. Sorry my people 😭😓😥😰

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    THIS LADY CLEARED OUT THAT THE REFERENDUM WAS ABUSED AND THE VOTE IS WON BY THE INDEPENDENCE LOYALISTS- BUT THE FRENCH RIGGED IT IN THEIR FAVOR AND STILL WANT TO COLONIZE THOSE HUMBLE BEINGS AND LOOT THEIR RESOURCES…

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    0:39 Only for USA and Canada citizens. I will setup your blog and setup it to earn money w h a t s a p p +7 9 6 7 1 5 7 0 5 8 1

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    Democracy joke. Ofcourse because France is in charge of the system. This whole referendum is a joke & shows clearly how colonies like still control these countries and lie to the world. Shameless France government Macron is telling us, there are people countries in the world that love colonialism. A country that is close to Australia want be part of France. Ofcourse Australia government now would still like to be part of UK kingdom as well. Not native aboriginals Aussies but the fake one's.

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    Yeah, why become independent and put your country on a downward spiral? Or become a Chinese vassal state like other small states in the Pacific?
    Being under the French flag is better, much better.

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    I'm sorry, but GOD promised "Israel" to the jewish people (In the Bible & Torah) and "Al-Aqsa Mosque" (Islam) is a place in heaven and not in Jerusalem! Jerusalem don't mentioned even once in the book of Islam (The Quran) Jerusalem belongs to the jews and the "third temple" should be build in the "temple mount" in Jerusalem, Israel….

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    Now that's a fine example of a colonized mentality

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    So Europe can't complain when brown people migrate to Europe.

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    If the Kanaks think they can manage their own affairs then needs to be a greater devolution of power to the Northern and Loyalty Islands provinces, and a more equitable distribution of the massive annual subsidy from Paris to development projects, 1.5 billion euro is a lot of money for only 270,000 people. There can’t be many Pacific nations with such generous free schooling, healthcare and social welfare.

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    France rigged that election

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    julain Gallimore

    The children here have a great chance of university education in Europe. The French also keep the Chinese military from taking over like they have in the Philippines since the USA was kicked out.

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    What a spineless and dishonorable bunch of people.

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    France will not grant Caledonia it’s independence because China is eyeing it!

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    How many French people live in New Caledonia? That's the really question

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    as much as the desire for independence is a valid sentiment, i hope the indigenous population are not just voting to leave france on sentiment alone, it would be sad for them to be crippled economically if they leave, and the french should really adress wathever grievances they have

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    Khalid Ibn Alwaleed

    why would anyone choose to stay a 3world colony 9f france. this what macolm x calls the colonial mind

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    Ethic New Caledonians are 40%, and yes vote was 50% plus…seems all the ETHNIC want to be independent but the unfortunate European descent voted to stay…this was the french plan to delay referendum until the ethnic are a minority and the majority is European descent

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    Herman Quintelier

    Why are so many people arguing about this? The elections were fair 🤷

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