Citizens wear traditional costumes outside the venue for the closing meeting of the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) campaign for a ‘yes’ to New Caledonia’s independence from France in Noumea, on the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, on October 30th, 2018 Photograph: Theo Rouby/AFP/Getty

One of the last chapters in French colonial history will be written on Sunday when 175,000 voters in the French territory of New Caledonia, 17,000km f(...)