The French government agreed on a referendum on independence in New Caledonia

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The French government came to a political agreement on the referendum on self-determination of New Caledonia in 2018, reports channel BFMTV.

“This evening (Thursday, 2 November) we came to a political agreement, and last but not least, we have the confidence. But there is still a lot of work”, — said the Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe.

The referendum on independence foreseen signed in 1998 an agreement consistent decolonization archipelago in the Pacific ocean, which has the status of an overseas territory of France.

New Caledonia has the status of a special administrative and territorial formation of France, is a group of Islands in Melanesia, bordered to the economic zones of Australia, Fiji and Vanuatu. The population is about 275 thousand people. In 1980-90-ies in the country there were mass demonstrations demanding independence.

On 27 October it was reported that the visit of the President of France Emmanuel Makron in the overseas Department of French Guiana had caused large-scale protests by local residents. The police used against the demonstrators with tear gas.