Mustafa AY – TDO – 05.11.2018 On Sunday, France’s Pacific exclave ‘New Caledonia’ administered an independence referendum. The turnout to independence referendum remained around 81%. According to the final result of referendum, 56,4% said ‘no’ while 43,6% desired for seceding from France with ‘yes’. Following the announcement of official results, French President Emanuel Macron welcomed the island’s settlers’ decision by deeming the results as ‘historic triumph’.
France allocates 1,3 billion euros to New Caledonia each year. But this doesn’t change the fact that New Caledonia appears to be a strategically vital island in terms of possessing a large reserve of nickel. Paris is marketing mined nickel to electronic manufacturers in exchange for billions of euros. That’s why, France proceeds with its colonisation activities in the island, we could say.