The French overseas territories today

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From French colonies (or protectorates) to French Overseas Territories or Overseas Départements in 1946, these French overseas entities have progressively evolved, by different speeds and degrees. If the initial changes suggested by the United Nations (UN) were mostly justified on political and ideological grounds (the right to independence, self-determination and sovereignty), the current changes, encouraged by France this time, appear mainly as an attempt to alleviate economic dependency. This paper considers what is really at stake in the current statutory evolution of the French Overseas territories.



Publication dateJun 2012
Publication titleThe non-independent territories of the Caribbean and Pacific : continuity or change?
EditorsPeter Clegg, David Killingray
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherInstitute of Commonwealth Studies
ISBN (Print)978-0-9569546-0-2, 0-9569546-0-X
Original languageEnglish

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