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Pro-Independence parties asking supporters to boycott French elections

Thursday 21 April 2022 | Written by RNZ | Published in French Polynesia, Regional

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Pro-Independence parties asking supporters to boycott French elections
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Several pro-independence parties in New Caledonia are urging supporters to boycott the second round of the French presidential elections this Sunday.

The election pits far right candidate Marine Le Pen and the incumbent president Emmanuel Macron.

Head of the Caledonian Union, Daniel Goa
Head of the Caledonian Union, Daniel Goa Photo: AFP

Before the first round the pro-independence advised supporters to vote for a left-oriented candidate.

The best of those, Jean-Luc Melenchon, narrowly failed to make the second round.

The President of the Caledonian Union, Daniel Goa, said the poll is an election only for people living in France.

In a short release signed Wednesday numerous parties said to boycott extreme right candidate Marine Le Pen and the current president Emmanuel Macron who continued the vote of the last referendum of independence 1998.

A membre of the committee supporting Jean Luc Melanchon said in a release "The advice not to vote for the right hand side of politics will be respected without hesitation. However, voting Emmanuel Macron signifies agreeing with dumb referendum that occured the 12 December which the president did not stop among the pleas of the Kanak people."

President of the Caledonian Union Daniel Goa said in a release "It is an election inside of France, this choice is only for the people of France. We say to our supporters, do not vote."

During the first round of elections on the 10 April, Emmanuel Macron came massively ahead of Marine Le Pen in New Caledonia with 40.51% of votes.