An anti-independence politician in New Caledonia says the French constitution should be amended to rephrase the likely referendum question.
Sonia Backes said under the 1998 Noumea Accord voters would be asked next year whether they wanted New Caledonia to accede to full sovereignty.
However Ms Backes, who is a member of the Caledonian Republicans, told the public broadcaster this should not be the choice and another question should be asked.
"We don't want to be asked whether we want a state or not. We don't want a state.
"We don't want that New Caledonia is a state, we want New Caledonia to stay in the republic.
"We don't want to be given a choice between the plague and cholera."
Sonia Backes said the proposed referendum vote should be held on October 7 next year.