Macron gets New Caledonia backing for election

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Three of New Caledonia’s four members of the French legislature have jointly declared support for Emmanuel Macron in this year’s presidential election.

The three politicians of the anti-independence Caledonia Together party – Philippe Gomes, Gerard Poadja and Philippe Dunoyer – issued a joint statement, even though Macron is yet to formally register a re-election bid.

In the 2017 election, voters in New Caledonia’s mainly anti-independence Southern Province backed the Far-Right candidate Marine Le Pen over Macron.

The three say after last year’s rejection of independence in the referendum, the French president will have to meet the expectations of New Caledonians by personally restarting the dialogue between France and the territory.

In December, a committee was set up in New Caledonia to support Macron.

It is headed by the mayor of Noumea Sonia Lagarde, who said his support for New Caledonia has been flawless.

Last month, the president of the Southern Province Sonia Backes also announced her support of the incumbent.

SOURCE: RNZ PACIFIC/ PACNEWS