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At the risk of repeating herself, Gwynnie just has to comment on the News Junkie’s post “France (properly) tries to defend their constructive colonial heritage”
Gwynnie asks us to note, not counting lost conquests in Europe by the Emperor Napoleon (Libs & Eurotrash: note the connection: “Emperor” -> “Empire” -> “imperialist”) that France, with 212,600 square miles and a population of 42,000,000, conquered and controlled colonies with a land area of 4,300,000 sq. miles and aggregate population of 65,000,000.
Hello? Americans are imperialists? The sordid French details:
The French Colonial Empire
·Canada·Acadia ·Louisiana·Terre-Neuve (Newfoundland) including the Iles-de-la- Madeleine and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the only territory in North America left today under French sovereignty.·Saint-Domingue (today's Haiti).·Guadeloupe, including la Désirade, Dominica, La Frégate, Marie-Galante, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Martin, les Saintes and a few other rocks.·Martinique, including Saint Lucia and Tobago ·Grenada has also been French for some time.·French Guyana.·Alep, ·Hatay (Alexandretta), ·Lebanon, ·Syria and the Sanjak of Damas and the Jabel Druze (Souaida). These territories are included today in the modern states of Syria and Lebanon.·Cheik Said's Territory on the Yemenite coast.·In the Far East, Annam and Paracel islands, ·Cochinchina, (Viet Nam)·Laos·Cambodia ·Tonkin. ·Canton, Nanking or Shanghai. ·Hankéou, His-men, Kouang-Tchéou-Wan and Tien-Tsin.·India - The French Crown ruled between 1742 and 1763.
After this date, various smaller territories and enclaves remained under French sovereignty until the 1950s:oPondichéry (1673-1954) oChandernagor (1686-1951) oMahé (1721-1954) oKarikal (1738-1954) oYanaon (1751-1954) oBalassar oCassimibazar oCalicut oDacca oGoréty oJouqdia oMasulipatam oPatna oSurate
·Senegal ·Mauritania ·French Guinea (now Guinea) ·Côte d'Ivoire ·French Sudan (now Mali) ·Niger ·Dahomey (now Bénin) ·Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) ·Togo ·Gabon ·Middle Congo ·Ubangui Shari (now Centrafrican Republic) ·Chad ·Cameroon ·Algeria·Morocco (protectorate)·Tunisia (protectorate)·Djibouti.·Réunion ·Mauritius ·Seychelles islands·Madagascar ·Comoros·New Caledonia·Wallis and Futuna islands ·New Hebrides (now Vanuatu).·French Polynesia (still an overseas territory of the French Republic)