1958 New Caledonian constitutional referendum

A referendum on the new constitution of France was held in New Caledonia on 28 September 1958 as part of a wider referendum held across the French Union. If accepted, the new constitution would see the country become part of the new French Community. If rejected, the referendum would result in independence. It was approved by 98.12% of voters.[1]


In August 1958 the leaders of the two main parties, Maurice Lenormand of the Caledonian Union and Georges Chatenay of the National Centre of Social Republicans, met French President Charles de Gaulle and committed to advocate for a 'yes' vote.[2]

The Caledonien newspaper attacked Governor Aimé Grimald for supporting the 'yes' campaign.[2] Some trade unionists opposed supporting the new constitution, arguing that de Gaulle was aligned with the wealthy.[2]


Voters were asked the question "Do you approve of the Constitution proposed by the Government of the Republic".[3]

Choice Votes %
For 26,085 98.12
Against 500 1.88
Invalid/blank votes 443
Total 27,028 100
Registered voters/turnout 35,163 76.86
Source: Direct Democracy


  1. ^ Frankreich, 28. September 1958 : Verfassung Direct Democracy
  2. ^ a b c New constitution in French South Pacific Pacific Islands Monthly, October 1958, p19
  3. ^ France's fatedul decision soon Pacific Islands Monthly, September 1958, p19