18 Jun 2013

French PM to visit New Caledonia next month

4:33 am on 18 June 2013

The French prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, is expected in New Caledonia next month as part of a tour, which will also take him to Asia.

The trip has been announced by the French newspaper, Le Figaro.

The reports says he will help prepare a meeting of the signatories of the Noumea Accord, which next year is due to enter its final phase, with a possible referendum on self-determination before 2018.

Mr Ayrault will reportedly also visit South Korea and Malaysia to negotiate arms contracts.