How France's Atlantic ports still ignore their grim slave trade past


France's west coast port cities of Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Le Havre followed in the footsteps of Nantes by amassing much of their wealth from the Atlantic slave trade. Yet unlike in Nantes, in these three cities this history remains largely forgotten or hidden from view. And as Lucie Delaporte reports, in the forthcoming local elections which take place on March 15th and March 22nd, neither current councillors nor many candidates seem much inclined to revive these painful memories.

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Around 20 people have gathered in front of the city hall in the English Channel port city of Le Havre, despite the gusts of wind from which the buildings designed by the celebrated architect Auguste Perret afford little shelter. They have come this afternoon to listen to Karfa Diallo.