The temporary visitor in the capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa, Paris, ca. At 1,800 miles, he feels he came to a small French town, though he was a tropical climate.
Here they ate croissants for breakfast, lunch and petanque in the middle of the center.
But brilliance is misleading – under the surface there is a tension that, like the 1980s, led to a violent uprising and as a result more than 70 deaths occurred.
More than 40 percent of the island's population are the cannons, descendants of the Melanesian natives, who for some time arrived in France in 1853.
Many guns live outside the capital; when the New Caledonia was in French jail and the indigenous peoples were forced to make small reserves – while the natural resources of the islands were exploited unlimitedly by the colonial power.
Självständighetsivrarna He believes the robbery continues as it is today. More than 20 percent of the world's nickel content is located in New Caledonia, and the French state mining company, SLN, has been monitoring much of the recovery for a long time.
"We have lost 165 years of exploitation, and we are still in misery. If we achieve independence, the profits from mining will come to us, says Aurélien Calixte, Independence Activist The Guardians sent it.
The mining company means this part of the revenue is reinvested in local communities. However, unemployment is high, poverty is high and many cannons have not arrived at high school. At the same time, French officials who accept the services of New Caledonia can look twice as much as in Paris.
Despite such shortcomings, it has changed since the turmoil of the 1980s. New Caledonia gained greater autonomy after the peace agreement in 1988, which also constituted a referendum on independence.
Does it? On Sunday, the group of eyes changes to Kanaky and becomes a separate state.
It is currently indicating it that it will not be – it is estimated that 60-75 percent of 175,000 voters oppose independence.
Many Asian and Pacific French and immigrant people are ready to lose the right to citizenship in France and the EU and in the free movement – not to mention the € 1.3 billion a year that France closes annually for New Caledonia.
If not, then the peace agreement can refer to independence two times in two years.
More than twenty percent of the world
New Caledonia is a special status in French territory. The archipelago settled down in 1853 and was imprisoned for a long time by more than 20,000 prisoners. The indigenous cannons crowded into the reserve, and some were sold as slaves. Since the 1950s, islanders have the right to French citizenship.
Today, 40 percent of the population is a cannon, 27 percent of the French "caldoches" and immigrants from a strong ethnic identity and from Asia and Oceania.
Voters taking part in the referendum Since 1994, 175,000 people live in New Caledonia.
20 to 25 percent of the world's nickel content is New Caledonia, which accounts for 90 percent of the total exports of the eye. Inspecting deposits has been a source of longstanding conflict.