24 Oct 2014

Hollande's New Caledonia visit takes shape

1:25 pm on 24 October 2014

The French president will visit New Caledonia after attending the G-20 summit in Brisbane in mid-November.

Press reports from Noumea say Francois Hollande will arrive on Sunday evening the 16th and leave on Tuesday morning.

His visit conincides with calls amid anti-independence parties to stage a pro-French rally as they accuse the Socialists of abandoning the French state's neutrality and favouring the pro-independebce camp.

During his stay, Mr Hollande is expected to visit the grave of both the anti-independence leader, Jacques Lafleur, and that of the pro-independence leader, Jean-Marie Tjibaou.

He is due to meet the political parties represented in the territory's Congress, which is tasked with organising an independence referendum by 2018.

Mr Hollande is also expected to address the Secretariat of the Pacific Community about climate change.

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Photo: RNZ