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Saturday 28 May 2005

What about La Reunion?

This BBC report on the curiosity of the French referendum vote also taking place thousands of miles away from 'La Metropole' neglected to mention one of the more important Overseas Departements. I tend to know about these things because I lived at one time in what was then one of the TOMs (Djibouti); the DOM-TOMs are a very French way of maintaining French administration and culture in diverse enclaves around the world - there are four DOMs, administratively and legally no different from any other part of France, and five TOMs which had a slightly different status, since 2003 described more accurately as 'COM (collectivité d’outre-mer)', which individually have their own statutes.

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