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#1 Jan 28, 2013
I was going through something totally unrelated and i came across Guadeloupe.(I have always wanted to visit the French Antilles. I hope to one day)
It was interesting because in the dated article former President Sarkozy basically said that Guadeloupe had to "take more charge of their future"
He almost sounded patrician, patronizing and condescending in his tone.
It's like he resented them.
Aren't they a department of France?(equivalent to our states).
Shouldn't they be on equal footing?.
The more things change....The more they stay the same"
#2 Jan 28, 2013
"For YOUR development"
Wait.....Shouldn't he have said OUR development?.
After all. They are a department.
That little tidbit spoke volumes as to how France views their islands.
#3 Jan 28, 2013
"It is a region of France".
Well....France should act like it, properly fund and support their tourist industry accordingly and treat them like they are a dignified part of their population instead of a bunch of colored people who have a "tin cup and hat in hand".
#4 Jan 28, 2013
The cost of living
"Maintaining the islanders French lifestyle is costly for French taxpayers...locals receive exactly the same social provisions as their mainland counterparts. These include a minimum wage, unemployment pay, and generous welfare benefits".
"Maintaining their French lifestyle"
Just what kind of quote is that?
I think they hardly live like the mainland French.
There is an obvious resentment towards them.
I would like to know how many islanders regularly migrate to the French mainland in search of better opportunities?.
Again..The more things change... The more they stay the same"
#5 Jan 28, 2013
Excuse me. I forgot the link. The above quote is taken from here.
#6 Jan 28, 2013
Very interesting link.
I knew about the strikes.
Nevertheless, it was revealing to take a fresh look into the disparities between France and their islander counterparts.
These people are the POOREST in the European Union.
Even surpassing pockets of Europe which were formerly part of the Eastern European bloc.
What is wrong with this picture?.
Why has France largely ignored them?.
"The more things change...The more they stay the same...
Since: Oct 12
#7 Jan 28, 2013
France has always had a very patronizing attitude towards it's former colonies as well as overseas France. In short, the French think the world revolves around them ...
It's also partly political. Martinique & Guadalupe are strongholds of the French Socialist Party ... Sarkozy is from the center right Union for a Popular Movement.
It should be noted that French Guiana, Martinique, and Guadalupe voted by huge margins (79% in Martinique) to remain part of France in a 2010 referendum. There is very little support for independence ... they do have an "independence party" in Martinique but it focuses more on 'Martinique within France' rather than 'Martinique separate from France'.
#8 Jan 28, 2013
"There is very little support for independence ... they do have an "independence party" in Martinique but it focuses more on 'Martinique within France' rather than 'Martinique separate from France'"
Some faint similarities to soberanista movement in PR.
#9 Jan 29, 2013
I fail to see anything even remotely indecent about these postings.
A poster from the whacky JW forums who comes here to put on the emotional icons.
I pity them.
Must not be a happy camper.
I'm obviously loved. LOL!
All in stride...All in stride...
#10 Feb 16, 2013
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