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- From: Innisfail
- Registered: 2012-04-09
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Social and economic situation in Reunion Island
Would like to know the socio-economic environment in R.I. in view of the latest street demonstrations and cold reception to President Zarkozy. Are the islanders wanting to separate from France?
- From: Sainte Marie
- Registered: 2010-11-23
- Posts: 24
Re: Social and economic situation in Reunion Island
No, there's a minuscule separatist movement on Réunion, but very few people want independence. Unlike many other places there was no indigenous population on the island that's been wiped out or suppressed by the French.
The recent unrest is more a result of the very high rate of unemployment - probably Europe's highest.
P.S. I'm not aware of a particularly cold reception to Sarkozy. There were some protestors, but that's because he's President in office. There were also protests against Marine Le Pen when she came a few months ago.