The anger over downgrading of France’s overseas territories ministry

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By downgrading the ministry for France’s overseas territories to junior status, now under the authority of the interior minister in France’s new government, President Emmanuel Macron has dismayed many Members of Parliament for the territories, but also a number of senior civil servants. Meanwhile, the political situation in the islands of the French Caribbean and the Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia threatens to reach a crisis point. Ellen Salvi reports.

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Outlining in Parliament her new government’s policy plans last week, French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne gave just a few words and broad generalities on the subject of France’s overseas territories.