10 May 2018

Hopes for Wallis and Futuna kings to meet Macron

1:28 pm on 10 May 2018

An effort is being made for a meeting to be arranged between the three kings of Wallis and Futuna and the French president Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron meets locals in New Caledonia

French President Emmanuel Macron meets locals in New Caledonia Photo: AFP or licensors

This was disclosed by the president of the territorial assembly Daniel Verge after meeting Mr Macron in New Caledonia last week.

The public broadcaster reported that a tentative agreement had been reached to prepare a delegation as the territory's leaders wanted to discuss its status.

In 1961, Wallis and Futuna became an overseas territory, separate from New Caledonia.

Its elected leaders as well as the French prefect met Mr Macron for a half-hour discussion to raise their plans to reform the statute governing the territory.

The three kings are recognised by the French republic and on its payroll.

Two years ago, Francois Hollande became the first French president to visit Wallis and Futuna, which is France's only Pacific territory not on the UN decolonisation list.

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