One theme I picked up on when I was in Paris was the concept of national identity. My friend is from French Guyana, a departement of France which borders with Suriname in South American. My friend is one of the kindest and most sincerest people I have ever met.
I learnt a lot about French Guyana and I met many people from there. I am very curious about the ambiguous relationship that the French overseas departements have with France. When I did my French exchange in 2006 in Martinique, I learnt a lot about some Martinicans who want independence.
I asked my friend L whether French Guyana would ever consider independence from France. She said she doesn’t think that people in the country would ever vote for that. Interestingly as well, she told me that when asked, people will say they are from France, as opposed to saying French Guyana. Yet, there is a fierce pride of being from French Guyana. I am not trying to generalise all opinion on FG but I found it fascinating that there is a sort of deferential relationship to France, yet at the same time a unique identity.
Does anyone think territories like Martinique & French Guyana should be independent from France? Do black people from these nations need to separate themselves?