Newsletter 06/13 - France: reparation is possible
On May 10, 2013 at the national Day of remembrance of slave trade, slavery and abolition, the French president François Hollande claimed that reparation is not possible by arguing that what happened happened, and that the only possible choice is the remembrance, using in a distorted way the thought of Aimé Césaire.
The same day the President of CRAN (Representative Council of Black Associations) Louis-Georges Tin filed a lawsuit against the French CDC (Caisse des dépôts et consignations) for having taken advantage of slavery. The CDC is accused of having cashed the sums paid by Haiti as "independence indemnity" and CRAN demands that it pays ten million euros to be used to finance the research on the damage caused by slavery.
On May 12, 2013 the French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira said she was in favor of a land reform that repairs the confiscation of the land that took place towards slaves in the French overseas Departments and Territories and in favor of a common intervention which allows to repair slavery and colonization in Africa.
On May 18, 2013 the French writer Patrick Chamoiseau published a short piece of text claiming that "in the field of colonization, slave trade and slavery, the reparation originates from the desire to go to the best of the human being" and that "to reject it because of the fear of an accounting indecency is a caricatural way not to listen to the binding call of memory".
Colonialism Reparation supports the lawsuit of CRAN (Representative Council of Black Associations) against the French Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations for having taken advantage of slavery and claims that even in France, as evidenced by the large institutional and non-institutional debate, reparation is possible.