1 Nov 2017

French PM urges clarity over New Caledonia vote

1:51 pm on 1 November 2017

The French prime minister Edouard Philippe has called for clear and indisputable rules for next year's independence referendum in New Caledonia.

France's newly appointed Prime Minister Edouard Philippe poses prior to taking part in the evening news broadcast of French TV channel TF1.

Edouard Philippe Photo: AFP

Mr Philippe made the comment in the French National Assembly as preparations are being finalised for Thursday's meeting of the signatories to the Noumea Accord.

He said the referendum had to be sincere, transparent and monitored to ensure nobody could, afterwards, call into question the organisation of the plebiscite.

Mr Philippe said a clear electoral roll had to be finalised.

He also said he hoped New Caledonia's politicians would find common ground in trying to word the exact referendum question.

He said the delegates to this week's meeting, which he will chair, will have to consider what will happen after the vote on a social, economic and political level.

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