20 Feb 2018

New Caledonia referendum nears amid 'confusion' - Valls

2:07 pm on 20 February 2018

The head of a French parliamentary delegation to New Caledonia says there is confusion about the implications of the upcoming independence referendum.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Manuel Valls Photo: SUPPLIED/Pool picture

Manuel Valls, who is a former Socialist prime minister, said there was also fear as to what will happen after the vote.

Mr Valls said it had to be noted that only months out from the vote, there was still no exact date or referendum question.

Another delegate Christian Jacob said there was a lack of information, adding that the parliamentary team hopes to help clarify the situation.

There is concern that after 30 years of peace tensions could be reignited as local politicians are trapped by a divide of either being with France or independent.

Mr Valls said the referendum vote was only a step in New Caledonia's history, yet he was worried that it was unprepared for the day after the vote.

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