The French law commission says it will send a team to New Caledonia in September to prepare for a possible independence referendum.
This was announced by Jean-Jacques Urvoas, who is the commission's president.
Mr Urvoas says the National Assembly has asked the commission to look at the process, inclduing the preparation of the electoral lists of those eligible to vote in the plebiscite.
The vote is to be held between 2014 and 2018 in line with the 1998 Noumea Accord on greater autonomy.
He says the last parliamentary mission to visit New Caledonia was in 2000.