28 Apr 2009

Economic issues dominate New Caledonia's election ccampaign

1:40 pm on 28 April 2009

The cost of living, the economy and local employment are apart from New Caledonia's political future the main issues in this year's election.

24 electoral lists are competing on the anti-independence and pro-independence sides in the provincial elections on May 10th..

The vote is being watched closely as the members of its Congress will decide whether the territory will stay with France or become independent after a vote to be held after 2014.

Our correspondent, Patrick Decloitre, reports.

"The cost of living: where does it come from and how is it that life is at least two to three times more expensive in New Caledonia than in France, not to mention the rest of the Pacific. And how do we adapt to the global crisis, even though New Caledonia has been relatively spared it has already started to bite through the nickel, because the nickel price has been dropping quite consistently for the past six months."

Patrick Decloitre