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Francois Hollande to handle debt to Haiti without financial reparations

Francois Hollande to handle debt to Haiti without financial reparations

French President Francois Hollande made a surprising statement n regard to the debt to Haiti on his way to Haiti. At the inauguration of a memorial for slavery in Guadeloupe on Sunday, May 10, 2015, he evokes France's 'Debt' To Haiti, but refused to admit that France will pay back the money owed.

Pressure has been mounting on France to pay back the money it has asked Haiti to pay after Haiti's independence. Some believe that this obligation on the new republic after its independence is a major factor in the poverty of te island. In 2013, Francois Hollande evoked France's "debt" toward Africa. In 2010, President Nicolas Sarkozy became the first French seating president to visit Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Over 200 years ago, when Haiti became the first black independent Republic of the world after defeating the army of then French Monarchy, it agreed to pay France an "independence debt. In 1825, the French ruler, King Charles X agreed to recognize Haiti's independence after 14 years of bloody battles on condition that the new Black Republic will pay 150 million gold francs in ransom. It was later reduced to 90 million gold coins and the extorted bounty was distributed to the white slave holders for the loss of "property" they claim to have suffered as a result of the abolitionist Haitian Revolution. Haitians believe that it could be a big reason for Haiti's present suffering because the country was forced to pay most of its wealth to France for own freedom. Between the years 1825 and 1947 (140 years after the abolition of the slave trade), this barbaric and illegal ransom was collected through violent means with an official French ordinance which threatened to re-enslave the self-liberated Africans. On April 7, 2003, the value of the infamous Charles X ransom was estimated at around $22 billion by the Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and he demanded its restitution. For most Haitians, the recent visit of the French President François Hollande to encourage investment is reminding them how their ancestors were punished by the French and forced to pay a big price for country's successful slave revolt for independence.

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French man Fritz-Joly Joachin with links to Paris attackers has Haitian root

French man Fritz-Joly Joachin with links to Paris attackers has Haitian root

The 29 year old Fritz-Joly Joachin is a suspect in the Paris attackers. He was arrested in Bulgaria. Fritz-Joly Joachin is a French citizen with Haitian origin. he is converted Muslim. Authorities traced him as having several contacts with one of the two brothers (Cherif Kouachi) before traveling to Turkey on September 30

French Citizen in Police Custody knew Charlie Hebdo Attacker

Bulgarian police arrested Fritz-Joly Joachin, alleging he was involved in a terrorist organization. They discovered he had been in contact with Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers who slew 12 people at Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Joachin's wife reported to French authorities Joachin had kidnapped their son. She said Joachin was an Islam convert, radicalized two years ago.

Joachin insisted he was not a terrorist and had nothing to with Kouachi's assault on French citizens.

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Michel Martelly interview with journalists TV5 Monde, France

Michel Martelly interview with journalists TV5 Monde, France

Here is a picture of the famous interview that Haitian President Michel Martelly gave to three journalists of TV5 Monde in France in November, 2014. This interview actually received lots of comments from Haitians both inside and outside of the country.

One his recent short tour of France, Haitian President Michel Martelly spoke with journalists from famed TV5 Monde who grilled him on topics from abortion in Haiti, to the possibility of him running the Caribbean country by executive decree. On the former, Martelly addressed the concerns of Deside Fanm (Women Decided) and Solidarity of Haitian Women (SOFA) which put forward that abortion is a matter of choice. On the latter issue, the potentially negative backlash of his ruling by executive decree was discussed with human rights defense organizations who feel the thought is grossly undemocratic.

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Haiti The Poorest Country In The Hemisphere By Design - A Haitian History

Haiti The Poorest Country In The Hemisphere By Design - A Haitian History

Here is a picture representing the freedom Haiti took from France. That is when the Haitians declared themselves free from the French colonization

Although we are still paying the price for who we are, it is important to know our real place in history so that we can at least teach our children about our history

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Michel Martelly with The Haitian Community in France

Michel Martelly with The Haitian Community in France

Here is a picture of the Haitian President, Michel Martelly, as he was greeting the Haitian Community in France In October, 2014. He also took the opportunity to visit the place where Toussaint Louverture died at Fort de Joux

Haiti's President, Michel Martelly, was greeted with much warmth when he stopped on the final leg of his tour of Europe in the northern suburbs of Aubervilliers, France, where he met with hundreds of members of the Haitian diaspora living near Paris. They thanked the President for his support of the Universal Schooling Program Free and compulsory (PSUGO). The group also heralded the President as being progressive in the initiatives put forward by his administration to bolster the economy and provide the poor with viable means of being economically solvent.

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Fort de Joux in France in Honor of Toussaint Louverture with Haitian Flag

Fort de Joux in France in Honor of Toussaint Louverture with Haitian Flag

Here is a picture of Fort de Joux in France where Toussaint Louverture spent his list few years in prison under harsh condition. This day, it is another story all together. He is now considered a hero and both Haitians and French want to claim him.

Toussaint Louverture was known to his contemporaries as "the Black Napoleon". To abolish slavery from Haiti he fought against the best-trained European forces, including armies from France, England and Spain and France. He is the only successful revolutionary slave leader in modern history and the first Black to become the governor of a colony. He allied with France and became a dominant political and military leader in the French colony; ruled Saint Dominque as an independent state. When he drafted a constitution emphasizing abolition of slavery, he earned the ire of Napoleon Bonaparte. He was captured and on August 25, 1802, sentenced to a cold, isolated cell in the French mountain prison at Fort de Joux so that he would be forgotten from his countrymen behind his secluded prison. He died of pneumonia in his solitary cell within his seven months of captivity on April 7, 1803. He wrote a memoir during his confinement where he compared Napoleon's plan of forceful limiting him with phrases as--"cut out one's tongue and tell him to talk","bury a man alive". On October 29, 2014, the Haitian President Michel Martelly paid tribute before the statue of this Haitian independence hero at Fort de Joux in France and placed a Haitian flag in his honor.

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Visit by Michel Martelly in Fort de Joux in France in Honor of Toussaint Louverture

Visit by Michel Martelly in Fort de Joux in France in Honor of Toussaint Louverture

Here is a picture of Haitian President Michel Martelly on October 29, 2014 as he stands in front od the statue of Toussaint Louverture in Fort de Joux in France in Honor of this great Haitian hero, known internationally

Toussaint Louverture was a self educated person and a former slave who rose to become the leader of the only successful slave uprising in modern history. He joined the slave insurgency and quickly with efficiency became the military secretary to Georges Biassou, one of the insurgency's leaders. When his leaderships allied itself with Spain against France, he followed. In 1794, when Spain and Britain threatened France to take control of the island, the French acted to preserve its colonial rule and to gain the loyalty of the black population, granted citizenships, rights and freedom to all blacks within the empire. L'Ouverture allied with France against Spain during 1794 to 1802, and became a dominant political and military leader in the French colony. By 1801, he ruled Saint Dominque as an independent state. He drafted a constitution emphasizing the abolition of slavery and appointed himself governor for "the rest of his glorious life. In 1802, Napoleon organized a large military expedition and dispatched his brother-in-law, Charles Leclerc, to capture L'Ouverture and return the island to slavery under French control. Toussaint was captured and was shipped to Fort de Joux for imprisonment. It was there where he died of pneumonia in a solitary cell on April 7, 1803. On Saturday, November 1, 2014, President Martelly paid tribute to this great to the independence hero, at Fort de Joux and at the initiative of the French authorities, he was invited to 'meditate' to the dungeon of Fort de Joux, where Toussaint Louverture died.

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Toussaint Louverture's Statue With French and Haitian Flag at Fort de Joux

Toussaint Louverture's Statue With French and Haitian Flag at Fort de Joux

Here is a statue of the Haitian hero Toussaint Louverture standing proudly in Fort de Joux in France With French and Haitian Flag.

Francis Domenica Breda or Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803) as he was more popularly known, is one of the great leaders in the history of the Haitian revolution. He was born in a slave family and the first Black to become the governor of a colony. Toussaint was a self educated revolutionary who defeated Europe's best-trained forces, including armies from France, England and Spain and France. After securing its independence, Toussaint renamed St. Domingue as "Haiti" and his policy on abolition of slavery eventually aroused the ire of Napoleon Bonaparte. On June 7, 1802, He was captured in Saint Domingue by an act of deceit by a French General of Division named Jean Baptiste Brunet. Toussaint, who had never remained far from his warm sea-level Caribbean life, was transported to Fort de Joux in France by ship and sentenced to a cold solitary cell measuring 6,50 x 3,90 meters. He was one of the fort's most noted prisoner. He suffered from loneliness and died in the prison out of a certain malady of the lung. Today, the fort is a tourist site, tourists come to pay tribute to his statue at Fort de Joux gifted by Haiti to mark the bicentenary of his death. The statue has French and Haitian flags on both sides.

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Michel Martelly, paid tribute at Fort de Joux - Toussaint Louverture

Michel Martelly, paid tribute at Fort de Joux - Toussaint Louverture

Here is a picture of the Haitian President Michel Martelly on October 31, 2014 in France as he was paying tribute at Fort de Joux to the Haitia Hero Toussaint Louverture.

Martelly Honors Memory of Louverture

President Martelly is the first Haitian head of state serving, who has ever visited the cell of General Toussaint Louverture at Fort de Joux, who died nine months before Haiti's liberation in January 1804.

Louverture has been honored with symbolic, commemorative, and institutional remembrances ever since his death.

President Martelly has called Louverture Haiti's "black Spartacus". First Lady Sophia described Louverture as ". . . one of the greatest humanists the world has ever known."

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Haitian man charged with assault a over reclining airline seat

Haitian man charged with assault a over reclining airline seat

This is what happened.and it is a lesson for all of us. A Haitian man who was flying from Boston to Paris last Friday got into a heated dispute with flight attendants over a reclining seat.

Edmond Alexandre who is 60 years old was involved in an argument with the other passenger. He pulled the flight attendant by the arm. As a consequence, Edmond Alexandre was restrained and arrested by federal air marshals aboard. The American airlines flight had to be diverted to Boston

He was charged with assaulting a flight attendant, U.S. prosecutors in Boston said

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