Corsican nationalists are putting pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron. They hoped he would grant the island more autonomy and thereby boost the economy. Youth unemployment here runs at around 20 percent. But Macron is dragging his feet.
Voters were asked "Do you want New Caledonia to gain full sovereignty and become independent?" to which just over half said "No." There was a record high turnout in the Pacific archipelago east of Australia.
The office of French President Emmanuel Macron says his comments on the need for an EU army have been misinterpreted by his US counterpart. Donald Trump lashed out at Macron on Friday over the proposal.
Although Europe's former colonial empires have been largely broken up, several countries remain overseas territories. While some enjoy relative autonomy, others are pushing for independence.
Two million Africans were killed when the continent was drawn into the conflagration of World War I. The war and its aftermath wrought seismic changes in Africa that remain at the root of conflicts in many countries.
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