In March I went on vacation to the French overseas region of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean. While there, I began thinking about Overseas France, and its uniqueness in the world. Much more populous than the British Overseas Territories and quite unlike them administratively, all of Overseas France is integral France, though different parts are administered in different ways. Guadeloupe, along with Martinique, French Guiana, Mayotte, and Réunion are all both regions and départements of France, and have the same status as those in the metropole, or l’Hexagone, as it is commonly called. The rest of Overseas France, such as French Polynesia (including the island of Tahiti), perhaps the most familiar overseas French possession, have varying degrees of autonomy.
I am currently in the process of writing a lengthy essay on the sustainability of Overseas France, which I may publish here eventually.
For now, just a few pictures from Guadeloupe.