I wish I had come up with that title sooooo much! Is it too late to change the name of this blog? Anyhow, check out this article in the Times which addresses the lunacy of French postcolonial thought. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6971605.ece?token=null&offset=0&page=1
My research at Middlebury involved a good deal of trying to understand why France took on colonies in some of the most obscure places on the planet without any material or strategic advantage to be gained (why on Earth would you want to colonize the Sahara?). The Spanish and British at least had empirial visions based on natural (and human) resources, trade, and activity that generated revenue and security for European interests, good or evil. For France however, it all boils down to national pride and historical jealousies. The article is a fascinating critique, and I have to agree with many of the author’s observations – especially that Reunion must be the most beautiful place “in France”. And it gives you a good glimpse of what life is like here in the “Dom-Toms”.