Macron in New Caledonia: President visits before referendum

Although, by plane, it may take 24 hours to reach Paris, the island of New Caledonia in the Pacific is part of France - for now at least, as residents are weighing the merits and drawbacks of independence.

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    France's President Emmanuel Macron is in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia in advance of a referendum on independence.

    Officially, he's neutral, but the president has made no secret of wanting to build rather than reduce French influence in the Pacific.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Noumea.


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