The president of New Caledonia, Philippe Germain, has announced his retirement from politics.
In a video message posted to Facebook, he said he wouldn't stand for office in next month's provincial elections.
Mr Germain said it was time to take a step back, describing it as an honour to have served as president over the past four years.
A delegation led by Mr Germain arrived in Vanuatu on Friday for trade talks and will be there until Sunday.
According to a copy of his agenda, he was expected to sign bilateral trade agreements while there.