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French Diversity Raises an Eyebrow at Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘Our Ancestors Are the Gauls’ Declaration

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:50:16 +0000

"When you're six years old and you read that your ancestors were Gauls, with fair hair and blue eyes... it wasn't only us who giggled, it was the teacher, too.”

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“They Can't Take Our Flag!”: Madagascar Outraged at 2015 Indian Ocean Games

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:25:42 +0000

The 2015 Indian Ocean Island Games in Réunion have been plagued by incidents which escalated into a diplomatic row between Madagascar and France.

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Another Shark Attack Claims a Teenage Surfer on Reunion Island, Post-Attack Policy in Effect

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:08:58 +0000

A 13-year-old boy was killed by a shark on April 12 near Les Aigrettes on Reunion island. Elio Canestri was a promising surfer and a member of the local surfing club. The local community is shocked by the tragic news. A Facebook page was set up to commemorate his life, with...

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Madagascar's Citizens Save Themselves As Country Floods

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:12:15 +0000

Global Voices profiles four citizen initiatives that are providing relief to populations affected by Madagascar's new floods.

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Clashes between Police Forces and High School Students in La Réunion Island

Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:28:31 +0000

Clashes between students and police forces broke out on January 31 and February 1 in Saint-Denis, La réunion Island. Some shops in the district of La Chaudron were looted and some vehicles were torched, according to a police source. Anne Mariotti, a reporter at  Journal de l’île de la Réunion, writes that...

PHOTOS: Cyclone BEJISA Wrecks Havoc on Reunion Island

Fri, 03 Jan 2014 16:39:38 +0000

Cylcone Bejisa made landfall on January 2 on the French island of Reunion. One person died, 15 people were seriously injured and around 82,000 homes reportedly suffered power cuts. The cyclone has now left the island and the red alert is lifted. Here are additional photos and videos of the...

PHOTOS: Humans of Comoros, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:30:01 +0000

Humans of New York has inspired photographers all over the world. The Mascarene region also has plenty of great portraits to offer.

Snowfall in the Tropics

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:13:10 +0000

The tropical Island of La Réunion experienced a relatively rare snowfall on the top of the volcano, Piton de la fournaise on June 3. explains that [fr] the first snowfall on the island was observed in 1988 and the latest was in 2007. Written by Lova Rakotomalala · comments (1) Donate...

Mauritius and Reunion Island Brace for Cyclone Dumile Impact

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:35:53 +0000 reports that Mauritius is on high alert [fr] as cyclone Dumile makes landfall on the island. Agaléga island was hit hard [fr] and was in blackout for 24h. Réunion island is also on high alert [fr]. Written by Lova Rakotomalala · comments (0) Donate · Share this: twitter facebook reddit googleplus

Madagascar & Reunion: Maraina, The First Opera from the Indian Ocean

Mon, 01 Oct 2012 09:52:35 +0000

Marie-Clémence & Cesar Paes present a trailer of Maraina, a film that showcases, in their words,  “the first opera to be created in the Indian Ocean region” [fr]. Written by Lova Rakotomalala · comments (0) Donate · Share this: twitter facebook reddit googleplus

La Réunion : A Dynamism far from the Cliché of Dependence on Public Aid

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:23:29 +0000

Sandrine Dionys interviewed [fr] Emmanuelle, a young entrepreneur from La Réunion for the Bondy Blog. She rails against the cliché of the Réunion Islanders being dependent on the French government for aid. Written by Suzanne Lehn Translated by Jane Ellis · · View original post [fr] · comments (0) Donate · Share...

Africa : Delicious Peanut

Sat, 06 Aug 2011 21:29:08 +0000

Nadia Khouri-Dagher writes a post on [fr] where she praises the peanut, a condiment that has been integrated in most African cuisines: “Senegalese Chicken Mafé, Malian Peanuts Tiguadegue sauce, Ghanean Inkatse-abè sauce, Togolese Azindéssi sauce, Beninese Aziin nusunnu sauce, Congolese moambe chicken, Peanut rougail from Reunion Islands,… : The peanut...

Martinique: Election, tension and abstention

Sat, 20 Mar 2010 17:15:45 +0000

On Sunday March 14th, all French citizens including those in the four French overseas departments were asked to vote for the regional elections... but two major elections in a three-month period may have been too much for the 55.55% of Martinican voters who decided to stay home and not vote.

French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique: March 19th 1946

Sat, 20 Mar 2010 12:53:43 +0000

Guadeloupean blogger Anba pyé mango-la wonders [Fr] about the situation of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion, former colonies which became the four overseas departments of the French Republic, sixty-four years ago. Written by Fabienne Flessel · comments (0) Donate · Share this: twitter facebook reddit googleplus

Reunion: Creole becomes second official language

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 18:55:21 +0000

In the midst of the International Creole Month, Guadeloupean blogger CaribCreoleOne discusses [Fr] the now official use of Creole language alongside French in all the administrative procedures and places, in the city of Le Port in Reunion. Written by Fabienne Flessel · comments (0) Donate · Share this: twitter facebook reddit...