12 Jun 2017

Caledonia Together politicians through to run-off for Paris seats

2:24 pm on 12 June 2017

Both candidates of New Caledonia's anti-independence Caledonia Together Party have made it to the second round in the election of a new French National Assembly.

The incumbent Philippe Gomes made next weekend's run-off in the second electorate where he will face a pro-independence candidate Louis Mapou.

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Photo: Caledonie Ensemble

In the first electorate, Philippe Dunoyer made it through to face Sonia Backes of the anti-independence Republicans.

The incumbent Sonia Lagarde, who is the mayor of Noumea, didn't run for a second term.

Turnout was low at under 40 percent, in part because the main pro-independence party advised its supporters to skip the election and to instead focus on next year's planned independence referendum.

None of the 21 candidates has had the backing of the Emmanuel Macron-led party which was the dominant force in mainland France.

Ms Backes was one of three candidates of the Republicans but failed to get to be officially endorsed.