Macron welcomes 'No' result in New Caledonia independence referendum

SHOTLIST PARIS, FRANCEOCTOBER 4, 2020SOURCE: TF1RESTRICTIONS: NO USE AFTER: OCTOBER 5, 2020 13:00:35 GMTNO RESALEEDITORIAL USE ONLY24 hours editorial use only. Mandatory onscreen mention of "TF1 Images"No zoom into image permitted 1. SOUNDBITE 1 - Emmanuel Macron, French president (male, French, 22 sec): "The voters have expressed their opinion and the majority confirmed their wish for New Caledonia to remain in France. As Head of State, I welcome this sign of confidence in the Republic with a deep sense of gratitude. I also welcome the results with humility." "Les électeurs se sont exprimés, ils ont majoritairement confirmé leur souhait de maintenir la Nouvelle-Calédonie dans la France. En tant que chef de l'État, j'accueille cette marque de confiance dans la République avec un profond sentiment de reconnaissance. J'accueille également ses résultats avec humilité." 2. SOUNDBITE 2 - Emmanuel Macron, French president (male, French, 12 sec): "With an exceptional participation, it is a second great successful democratic meeting, despite difficult conditions, even if the archipelago is spared by the pandemic." "Avec une participation exceptionnelle, c’est un deuxième grand rendez-vous démocratique réussi, malgré les conditions plus difficiles, même si l’archipel est épargné par la pandémie." 3. SOUNDBITE 3 - Emmanuel Macron, French president (male, French, 20 sec): "The future is the final stage of the Noumea agreement. A third referendum is possible. It is up to your elected Congress members to decide. The State, true to its word, stands ready to organise it if they so choose." "L’avenir, c’est la dernière étape de l’accord de Nouméa. Un troisième référendum est possible. C’est à vos élus du Congrès de le décider. L’État, fidèle à sa parole, se tient prêt à l’organiser si c’était leur choix." ///-----------------------------------------------------------2 DEPECHES DE CONTEXTE: URGENT ¥¥¥ New Caledonia rejects independence from France with 53.26%: Final referendum resultNoumea, Oct 4, 2020 (AFP) - The South Pacific territory of New Caledonia voted to remain French with 53.26 percent of votes in a referendum on Sunday, according to the final results.The size of the no-vote to a breakaway from France after almost 170 years compares with 56.7 percent in a previous referendum two years ago.caz-cw/jh/dl ------------------------------------------------------------- URGENT ¥¥¥ Macron welcomes New Caledonia referendum result with 'gratitude'Paris, Oct 4, 2020 (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he was grateful to New Caledonian voters for rejecting independence from France.Macron welcomed the result of a referendum in the South Pacific French territory with a "deep feeling of gratitude", he said in a speech from the Elysee palace, after more than 53 percent of voters rejected breaking away from France.jk/jh/dl