Saturday, March 7, 2009

"It raises uncomfortable questions about race, France's efforts to define itself in the 21st century and the legacy of France's once mighty empire that today stretches across the globe from the North Atlantic and Caribbean to the South Pacific.

While legally a full part of France and the European Union, Guadeloupe is one of the poorest corners of the national territory with 23 percent unemployment, more than twice the mainland rate, and a high cost of living.

"Some residents" on the island alleged that the wealthy, white elite was controlling imports and prices."

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