6 Aug 2018

Caledonian Republicans take campaign to Wallis and Futuna

5:44 am on 6 August 2018

Leaders of the anti-independence Caledonian Republicans have taken their referendum campaign to stay with France to Wallis and Futuna.

no caption

Photo: AFP

Voting in the 4 November independence referendum is restricted to long-term residents.

The party's leader Sonia Backes said the Wallis and Futuna community is an important part of New Caledonia, where it is the third largest ethnic community.

She has told local television that people in Wallis and Futuna are very proud to belong to the French republic and they know what France brings to territory.

Ms Backes says by going to Wallis she could pass the message to the territory's leaders that it is important to remain with France.

Last week marked the 57th anniversary of three annexed traditional kingdoms on Wallis and Futuna becoming a French overseas territory, separate from the colony of New Caledonia.

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs