The lingering scandal of the 'independence debt' Haiti was forced to pay France


Haiti has been in the news recently after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse by foreign mercenaries in early July 2021. Away from the headlines, however, there remains an unresolved issue between France and its former Caribbean slave colony. For more than a century, from 1825 to the 1950s, Haiti paid France a colossal sum in exchange for recognising its freedom and independence. As Mediapart's co-founder François Bonnet reports, some prominent figures are asking whether the French authorities should now pay this money back.

The children who vanish from Charles de Gaulle airport

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Over recent years there have been numerous cases of unaccompanied Vietnamese minors who have simply disappeared after arriving in France at the main Paris airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle. Although supposed to be placed into the safe care of social services, the children are in fact led away by ruthless people traffickers, to be kept in conditions of slavery. This report was compiled in partnership with the journalistic collective Investigate Europe.

French minister compares veil wearers to 'negroes who accepted slavery'

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Laurence Rossignol sparked a row after she appeared on French TV and criticised fashion brands that market hijabs as 'irresponsible'.

Hollande opens slavery memorial on French Caribbean island Guadeloupe

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The French president, on a tour of Caribbean islands, paid homage to slaves and their sacrifices at the memorial, the first of its kind on French soil.

Black rights groups urge French banks to pay for slavery

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Organisation attacks the 'crucial role' played by the banking industry in propping up slavery in France as nation marks Slavery Remembrance Day.

Slavery Remembrance Day sparks controversy in France

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A handful of right-wing French politicians have threatened to mar the commemoration, equating the day to a form of 'self-flagellation'.

French minister wants land for slaves’ descendants

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Justice minister backs land reform to help descendents of slaves, two days after President Hollande declared reparations for slavery impossible.