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  • 2018.11.16
  • World news
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After referendum, New Caledonia chooses to keep ties with France

ニューカレドニア、フランスからの独立に反対

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A majority of voters in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia chose to remain part of France in a Nov. 4 independence referendum, a watershed moment that led French President Emmanuel Macron to promise a full dialogue on the archipelago’s future.

The final results of the referendum showed 56.4 percent of the voters deciding to maintain ties with the country that has ruled New Caledonia since the mid-19th century, and 43.6 percent supporting independence, the high commissioner’s office said.

“I’m asking everyone to turn toward the future to build tomorrow’s New Caledonia,” Macron said, speaking from the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris. “The spirit of dialogue is the sole winner.”

More than 174,000 registered voters were invited to answer the question: “Do you want New Caledonia to gain full sovereignty and become independent?”

Turnout was a record-high 80.6 percent. Some polling stations in the capital, Noumea, stayed open about an hour longer than planned to handle the crush. (AP)

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referendum
(名)国民投票、住民投票
◆independence referendum(独立のための住民投票)
◆The country held a referendum to decide on increasing the legal age of drinking.
(国は飲酒の法定年齢の引き上げを決める国民投票を実施した)

archipelago
(名)群島、列島
◆Hawaii is an archipelago of eight major islands.
(ハワイは8つの主要な島から成る列島です)
☞複数形はarchipelagoesまたはarchipelagos

commissioner
(名)理事、長官、委員
◆The commissioner of that city’s police department is always appointed by the mayor.
(市の警察署長官は常に市長によって任命される)

presidential
(形)大統領の、社長の
◆The US presidential election is held every four years.
(米国の大統領選挙は4年ごとに開催される)

sovereignty
(名)主権、統治権、独立国
◆Before modern governments were established, many kings of European countries used to have full sovereignty over their countries.
(現在の政権が確立する前、ヨーロッパの多くの王国は自国に対し完全なる主権を持っていた)
☞sovereign(形)独立した、主権を有する (名)国王、主権者

record-high
(形)過去最高の
◆record-high voter turnout(過去最高の投票率)
◆Last summer saw record-high temperatures being set all over the world.
(昨年の夏、世界中で最高気温が記録された)

polling
(名)投票
◆polling station(投票所)
◆Some countries allow voting to be done by postal mail instead of having to go to a polling station.
(投票所に行く代わりに郵便で投票できる国もある)

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Listening Comprehension Check

Q1. What was the result of the referendum in New Caledonia?

  • A) New Caledonia will continue as a part of France.
  • B) New Caledonia will become independent from France.
  • C) New Caledonia will become a part of France.

正解を見る

正解は、A
New Caledonia will continue as a part of France.

Vocabulary Review Quiz

Q1. A majority of voters in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia chose to remain part of France in a Nov. 4 independence ( ) , a watershed moment that led French President Emmanuel Macron to promise a full dialogue on the ( ) future.

  • A) referendum
  • B) deciding
  • C) voter

    • D) avalanche's
    • E) aristocrat's
    • F) archipelago's

    正解を見る

    ①の正解は、 A
    referendum

    ②の正解は、F
    archipelago’s

    Q2. The final results of the referendum showed 56.4 percent of the voters deciding to maintain ties with the country that has ruled New Caledonia since the mid-19th century, and 43.6 percent supporting independence, the high ( ) office said.

    • A) collaboration's
    • B) cooperative's
    • C) commissioner's

    正解を見る

    正解は、C
    commissioner’s

    Q3. "I'm asking everyone to turn toward the future to build tomorrow's New Caledonia," Macron said, speaking from the ( ) Elysee Palace in Paris. "The spirit of dialogue is the sole winner."

    • A) presidential
    • B) partition
    • C) presiding

    正解を見る

    正解は、A
    presidential

    Q4. More than 174,000 registered voters were invited to answer the question: "Do you want New Caledonia to gain full ( ) and become independent?"

    • A) access
    • B) fledged
    • C) sovereignty

    正解を見る

    正解は、C
    sovereignty

    Q5. Turnout was a ( ) 80.6 percent.

    • A) lowest
    • B) record-high
    • C) recording

    正解を見る

    正解は、B
    record-high

    Q6. Some ( ) stations in the capital, Noumea, stayed open about an hour longer than planned to handle the crush.

    • A) vote
    • B) candidate
    • C) polling

    正解を見る

    正解は、C
    polling

    Speaking practice

    Q1. Do you think New Caledonia should be independent from France? Why or why not?※この問題に解答はありません

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