NOUMEA, New Caledonia | The Latest: 1st results reject New Caledonia’s independence

NOUMEA, New Caledonia | The Latest: 1st results reject New Caledonia’s independence

NOUMEA, New Caledonia  — The Latest on New Caledonia’s independence referendum (all times local):

8:05 p.m.
First results are trickling in from the independence referendum in New Caledonia, with a village of about 600 people the first to declare, voting overwhelmingly against a split from France.

New Caledonia’s High Commissioner tweeted that Farino on the territory’s main island voted by a margin of 9 to 1 against independence, and that nearly 95 percent of the village’s registered voters cast ballots.

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