NOUMEA, New Caledonia – The latest news on the independence referendum on New Caledonia (local):


First results flow into the independence referendum in New Caledonia, with a village of about 600 people, the first reported, and voted mostly against a split from France.

The High Commissioner of New Caledonia has tweeted that Farino voted against independence on the main island of the territory with 9 to 1 and that nearly 95 percent of the village's registered voters cast ballots.

Fuller results from much more densely populated areas are expected late on Sunday.

Numerous voters have decided to decide whether the French South Pacific should liberate itself from the European land that it had maintained in 1853.


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Numerous voters have decided to decide whether the French Southern Pacific region of New Caledonia should liberate itself from the European country that claimed it in the mid-19th century.

The High Commissioner of the Territory estimated that nearly three-quarters of the registered voters of the territory had cast ballots one hour before the end of the electoral votes. This is a much more robust turnout than in the new elections in 2014.

Results were expected later on Sunday. French President Emmanuel Macron was to speak on television in Paris about the future of the territory and his election.

The Independence vote was a milestone for the 270,000-inhabitant archipelago, located east of Australia, with sun-drenched lagoons and nickel mining.

The archipelago was built in 1853 under Emperor Napoleon III. French.

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