New Caledonia's Congress is today expected to approve the date for the territory's independence referendum under the Noumea Accord.
There were 10 selected top political leaders who had agreed in French-sponsored talks last month to hold the vote on 4th November.
The 1998 Noumea Accord decolonisation roadmap has provided for a gradual and irreversible transfer of power and expires with a vote on whether to assume full sovereignty.
The vote has been possible since 2014 but the Congress is only now seizing its right to set a date, which has to be this year.
The exact wording of the referendum question has yet to be decided and voting would be restricted to long-term residents.
In the last independence referendum in 1987, 98 percent voted to stay with France.
However the pro-independence movement had called for a boycott.