New Caledonia to hold new independence poll from France in 2020

France's Pacific island territory of New Caledonia will hold a second referendum on independence next year, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Friday. Voters in a November 2018 poll chose to remain part of France by 57 percent to 43 percent, a result hailed by President Emmanuel Macron as "historic". French since 1853, New Caledonia is a remote island territory in the southwestern Pacific and has around 270,000 inhabitants.