The long path to 'real equality' for France's overseas territories

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When Ericka Bareights was in February appointed as secretary of state for the French government’s new ministerial post for “real equality” of social and economic conditions between the populations of France’s overseas territories and that on the mainland, the announcement was met with mockery by some commentators in metropolitan France, for who the junior minister’s unusual title appeared to suggest that there might be a “virtual equality”, or that some equalities that were more real than others.