How France's approach to its overseas territories is stuck in the past

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“Our brothers are dying, we've lost lots of friends, all of our young people know how to tie a knot to hang themselves and you....you speak to us of steering groups that don't exist!” This was the robust approach to France's junior minister with responsibility for overseas territories, Ericka Bareigts, from a young resident of French Guiana who was full of despair at the policies handed down from Paris.