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Monday, 3 July, 2000, 03:14 GMT 04:14 UK
Mayotte stays with France

The people in the Indian Ocean Island of Mayotte have overwhelmingly approved an offer by the French government of increased autonomy.

More than seventy percent of those who voted in a referendum on Sunday were in favour of an agreement signed in January this year with France.

The agreement gives Mayotte a status similar to that of a department, rather than a territory -- though it does not become a full department, as some people wanted.

Unlike the other three islands of the Comoros Grande Comoro, Anjouan and Muheli, Mayotte rejected independence in 1975.

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