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Stories about Reunion

France, French Caribbean: Mobilization in Paris

  17 February 2009

It has often been said that l'Ile de France (Paris and its surroundings) is the Fifth French Overseas Department, due to its huge population of French Guianese, Guadeloupeans, Martinicans and Reunionese. In this announcement published by CaribCreoleOne, a group called Continuité LKP [Fr] invites the diaspora to march in Paris...

Reunion: Mild earthquake felt on the island.

  24 August 2007

At. 15:17 local time, an earthquake (3.6 on the richter scale) was felt all around the island of Reunion today. There is no report of major damages as of yet. Jonathan Gravier said he was driving in St-Denis at the time but did not feel the earthquake (Fr).

Madagascar hosts Indian Ocean Island Games

  10 August 2007

The Indian Ocean Island Games are underway in Madagascar and people are quite thrilled about it. Harinjaka gives us a preview of the anticipation back home: “C’est parti pour le 7 ème Jeux des îles de l’Océan Indien (JIOI). La flamme olympique arrive aujourd’hui au stade de Mahamasina (Tananarive) pour...

Reunion: New Community Political Blog

  28 April 2007

Éric Fruteau announces (Fr) the launch of echosale.com, a community blog run by the local opposition in Etang-Salé, Réunion that aims to serve as a forum for debate and a political organizing tool.

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The French Presidential Election: A View From Outside the Metropole

  26 April 2007

This weekend, more than 60 million French cast their ballots in the first round of the French presidential election, narrowing the list of candidates to two: conservative UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal. Both face a run-off vote on May 6th. In the five years since...

African Journalists on Franco-African Relations

  26 April 2007

African journalists working in France are calling on the two remaining French presidential candidates, Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal, to begin a new chapter in Franco-African relations (Fr), according to the blog of the Alliance for Democratic Progress. “We have to reconsider everything, make a fresh start, a sort of...

La Reunion: Women's Day and Women's Magazines

  13 March 2007

Blogger Pierrot Dupuy comments [Fr] on a local women's magazine's Women's Day issue: “One of the main articles is titled Mentalities Must Change. Sure, no doubt. But why then do all the ads featured in the magazine contribute in conveying a negative image of women?“

La Réunion: After Decolonization, Responsibility

  17 February 2007

La Réunion local official Eric Fruteau writes (Fr): “After the end of slavery in 1848, after departmentalization in 1946 and all the other fights to end colonial misery, instaure the great social laws that have marked our island, after the achievement of social equality, we must now anticipate and prepare...

Mayotte: Who Lives There?

  31 January 2007

Reunion Passion usually blogs on her homeland but recently she focused on nearby Indian Ocean French overseas department Mayotte (Fr): “Many cultures cohabitate in Mayotte, the first, of Comorian origin, constitutes 60% of the population, the second is Malagasy and is heavily influenced by the first and finally the French...

Indian Ocean: New Web 2.0 Cultural Site

  15 January 2007

Collective Malagasy blog Malagasy Miray announces (Fr): “Culture-océanindien [ www.culture-oceanindien.info ] is a space for cultural and islandness expression based on the web 2.0 principle. It was born out of the will to promote and support culture in general and more specifically that of the Indian Ocean. Many aspects of...

French Speaking Blogs of the Caribbean, Africa and Oceania in 2006

  14 January 2007

Logo of the Madagascar Blogger's Meeting that took place January 5-6, 2007 in Antananarivo. By and large French speaking blogs and bloggers of the world have reason to envy English, Spanish and Brazilian speaking counterparts in volume and in interaction with each other. Very few bloggers (Madagascar and Reunion being...

Madagascar: The First Indian Ocean Musical Network

  22 December 2006

El Sono Mondial announces that (Fr): “A seminar about financial management of cultural enterprises specializing in music (organized by the International Organization of La Francophonie) took place last week [in Madagascar] … The participants discussed creating the first Indian Ocean musical and cultural network.“

Reunion: Crisis in the University

  13 December 2006

Pierrot Dupuy writes (Fr) about the crisis in the local University: “The State, politicians, economic and social actors cannot let the status quo prevail. Things are falling apart at the University: each file is affected, each meeting turns into a power struggle, each decision is subject to calculations that have...

Madagascar: Samoosa? Sambosa? Sambos?

  13 December 2006

Mad de Madagascar delves (Fr) into the history that brought samoosas (however spelt and prounouced in the region) to the Indian Ocean (Reunion, Madagascar, Mauritius) from India. The blogger then offers a video of a French chef's recipe and adds that in Reunion, cousins have emerged made with cheese or...

Reunion: Sarkozy and Nassimah Dindar

  26 November 2006

Pierrot Dupuy writes (Fr): “I am learning from different sources, some of which are close Parisian relations of [French Interior Minister] Nicolas Sarkozy, that if he is elected President, he will offer a minister job to Nassimah Dindar … Is the best way to avoid Nassimah the minister for Sarkozy...

Reunion: “Our Creole Stolen By a Guadeloupean”

  17 November 2006

Blogger Pierrot Dupuy laments (Fr) that Reunion will be represented by a Reunion-based Guadeloupean professor at an International Creole Festival taking place in Mauritius from December 1st to 3rd. Adds the blogger, the Festival will feature: “a culinary festival, a conference on Creolity and a mega concert featuring Zouk Machine,...

La Reunion: Controversial President

  8 November 2006

La Reunion is an overseas department of France situated in the Indian Ocean. Of the department's President, Nassimah Dindar, blogger Pierrot Dupuy writes that (Fr): “she is capable of cynicism and has a propensity for sitting on rules and laws.” He then relates anecdotes that illustrate his point.

Indian Ocean: Bloggers Feel Connected to the World Through Global Voices

  5 November 2006

‘Bloggers of relatively remote countries in the Indian Ocean such as Madagascar and La Reunion have noticed recent GV articles on their blogospheres and expressed enthusiasm about GV's work and about the spotlight on their countries. ‘Proof that We Can Make a Difference’ France-based Malagasy blogger Harinjaka noticed Global Voices’...

Reunion: Moslems and Music

  3 November 2006

Zarabes.info, the blog of the moslem community in La Reunion, rounds up (Fr) various recent articles about moslems and music and asks: “What is the real relationship between Reunion moslems and music? What will happen during Sharukh Khan's next concert?”

Reunion: Blogging to Decrease Elected Official Impunity

  21 October 2006

Prolific Reunion blogger Pierrot Dupuy is happy to see a proliferation in his mostly local audience (Fr): “We beat our last record [in the number of hits] yesterday … by more than 17%! … I am happy to know that you are thousands to read the blog every day and...

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