May 26, 2003

HAITI IS DEMANDING REPARATIONS FROM FRANCE:

In his May 1 speech, Aristide renewed his call for France to “restitute” the indemnity of 150 million gold francs which Haiti paid the former colonial power after winning its independence in 1804. The Haitian government calculates that France owes it about $21.7 billion. The French Foreign Minister has scoffed at the request, accusing the Haitian government of “poor administration.”

Heh.