New Caledonia voters choose to stay part of France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) β€” A majority of voters in New Caledonia, an archipelago in in the South Pacific, chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence Sunday. It led French President Emmanuel Macron to call for dialogue, as the referendum is marking a crucial step in a three-decade long decolonization effort. In a televised address from Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed β€œan expression of confidence in the Republic with a deep feeling of gratitude… and modesty.” The overseas ministry said results show 53.3% of the voters who participated in the referendum on Sunday have chosen to maintain ties with France, while 46.7% supported independence. The South Pacific archipelago has been part of France since 1853.