11 Jun 2012

New Caledonia's UMP candidates fail to maintain support

9:17 am on 11 June 2012

In the first round of the election of a new French National Assembly, New Caledonians have given fewer votes to the Rassemblement-UMP candidates than in previous elections.

Gael Yanno, the only incumbent to stand, still won most votes in the Noumea urban electorate, with Sonia Lagarde of the Caledonia Together Party comingin second place.

Unofficial results show the pro-independence FLNKS candidate, Jean-Pierre Djaiwe, secured most votes in the other more rural electorate.

The Caledonia Together leader and former territorial president, Philippe Gomes, came a close second while the Rassemblement's Eric Gay is out of the race, coming a distant third.

The run-off vote for the two seats in Paris will be in a week.

In Wallis and Futuna, the UMP candidate David Verge won most votes.

In the second round he will face Mikaele Kulimoetoke and the incumbent Albert Likuvalu.