Macron: Reconciliation needed before New Caledonian referendum

France's president joined the commemoration of the hostage crisis 30 years ago, resulted from the remote island's last vote on independence, a result Macron would like to avoid this time.

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    French President Emmanuel Macron has wrapped up his three-day visit to New Caledonia.

    He attended a ceremony marking 30 years since a hostage crisis on Ouvea Island.

    In November, the French territory will vote in a referendum on whether to split from France.

    Macron has told Al Jazeera that reconciliation, and his visit, needed to come first.

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from New Caledonia.


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