Former French prime minister Manuel Valls has won the first round of the Socialist party's presidential primaries in New Caledonia.
He won almost 75 percent of the 1,500 votes cast, with Benoit Hamon coming a distant second in the territory while winning most support in mainland France.
Turnout was extremely low - at less than one percent.
Twenty-six polling stations opened for the contest which will be followed with a run-off between the two men next weekend.
There is no official Socialist Party in New Caledonia whose voters overwhelmingly choose politicians of the French centre-right.