Monday Nov 5th
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrived in Nouméa the capital of the island of New Caledonia on Monday after islanders on the French Pacific territory rejected independence in a referendum that revealed weaker-than-expected support for Paris in the resource-rich and strategic outpost.
During his visit Philippe will meet political forces on both sides of the independence vote to discuss the future of the territory.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (C) arrives at the French High Commission in Noumea, New Caledonia. Photo: AFP
Meanwhile French President Emmanuel Macron is in the Grand Est region of eastern France and Hauts-de-France in the north as part of his tour of the most significant areas of conflict from World War I.
The trip, which began on Sunday November 4th will last until Remembrance Day on November 11th.