In a referendum held on October 4, a majority of voters in New Caledonia chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence.
In a televised address from Paris, President Emmanuel Macron welcomed “an expression of confidence in the Republic with a deep feeling of gratitude… and modesty.”
Macron promised pro-independence supporters “this is with you, all together, that we will build New Caledonia tomorrow” and called on New Caledonians to look to the future.
“We are facing our history in New Caledonia, an colonial history,” Macron said. “And we are trying to overcome it so that we are not trapped in it. We know that today we are at a crossroads.”
The overseas ministry said 53.3% of voters in the referendum chose to maintain ties with France while 46.7% supported independence.