lundi 5 décembre 2011

France / Haiti: But how much we have to the damned?

In May 1989, during the Conference of the Francophonie in Dakar, President François Mitterrand announced the cancellation of public debt to France of 35 poorest African countries (about 16 billion FF). Haitians were surprised not to be happy on the list of beneficiaries of the measure and indicate to the French President. The latter turns to his special adviser Jacques Attali to know the exact amount of the Haitian debt.  The counselor turns to turn to Jacques Pelletier, Minister for Development Cooperation. He, too, unfortunately do not know. While members of the French delegation on the phone rush to join the Quai d'Orsay in Paris. Person to the Minister of Foreign Affairs because it is lunch time and then to Port-au-Prince ... No one answers at the Embassy of France since May 24th is a holiday in Haiti ... It Corpus Christi!          The next day, May 25, 1989, François Mitterrand, his fellow Africans and Canadians are invited to the first of Toussaint Louverture in the island of Goree slaves.

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