17 Jun 2010

Proposed New Caledonia hymn presented to government

6:21 pm on 17 June 2010

The new proposed hymn for New Caledonia has been presented to the territory's government - two years after it was created.

There is debate about the proposed text to accompany the tune, with the anti-independence side harbouring reservations about the wording.

According to Noumea's daily newspaper the French military band has played the hymn, which is to be presented to the territory's Congress.

As part on the Noumea Accord on greater autonomy, New Caledonian emblems need to be created, including a flag, which has also triggered an intense debate.