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France Remains Offensive

Reveal Date

July 14, 2010

Category

Politics

An ad-hoc group called CRIME (Committee for the Reimbursement of Indemnity Money Extorted from Haiti) announced, on France’s behalf, the repayment of €17 billion to Haiti in relief aid—a payment equal to France extorted from Haiti in 1804 as a condition for their independence. Because of France’s ham-fisted reaction, the story received global attention, alerting many to the deep colonial roots of Haiti’s problems. The activists then used the media attention that was generated by the project as a springboard for a petition campaign to pressure the French government.