Should the Brits Have Closer Relationships?
Ties between the French government and its Overseas Territories are much closer than between the UK government and the British Overseas Territories. Should the Brits be more closely involved with the internal issues of its oversea territories? Especially territories like St Helena which rely heavily on the ‘mother country’ for financial aid and specialist support.
The French Interior Minister visited some French Overseas Territories in the Pacific recently. He didn’t just go to ‘show the flag’, he had a definite purpose. He toured the French Pacific Islands. Taking with him a clear message and a plan for action. He told the Pacific Islanders “There are too many economic monopolies in the overseas territories in general and in French Polynesia". During a three-day visit to Tahiti he announced on television, "We're going to propose to President Brotherson (of Tahiti) that we tackle these monopolies together because where there are monopolies, prices are very high and where prices are very high, it's everyday Polynesians who struggle to get by,"
The French Parliament has already held a formal inquiry and called for drastic action to tackle runaway prices in the French Overseas Territories. Réunion, French Guina and Martinique are all singled out as having prices, especially for food, which are around 40% higher than in France.