Post by Pete Barrett Post by jerry kraus
The French Empire does have some Federal representation for overseas
territories, but, it's somewhat perfunctory, they still aren't really a
part of France in the same way as the mother country is.
I don't see this. French Overseas Departments are represented in the
National Assembly, and vote in presidential elections. As part of France,
it's part of the EU (which UK possessions, such as the Isle of Man or the
Channel Islands, are not (except Gibraltar)).
Yes, I know, I take your point Pete. I'm just skeptical that St. Pierre and Miquelon, for example
off the coast of Newfoundland, are exactly part of France in the same way that Paris is. Even Corsica
has its own assembly, and is described as a "territorial collectivity" of France. So, I'm doubtful that the degree of control exercised by France is as great as that exerted by Washington D.C. over Hawaii or Alaska.
Here's the relevant section of the French Constitution.
The territorial communities of the Republic shall be the Communes, the Departments, the Regions, the Special-Status communities and the Overseas Territorial communities to which article 74 applies. Any other territorial community created, if need be, to replace one or more communities provided for by this paragraph shall be created by statute.
Territorial communities may take decisions in all matters arising under powers that can best be exercised at their level.
In the conditions provided for by statute, these communities shall be self-governing through elected councils and shall have power to make regulations for matters coming within their jurisdiction.
In the manner provided for by an Institutional Act, except where the essential conditions for the exercise of public freedoms or of a right guaranteed by the Constitution are affected, territorial communities or associations thereof may, where provision is made by statute or regulation, as the case may be, derogate on an experimental basis for limited purposes and duration from provisions laid down by statute or regulation governing the exercise of their powers.
No territorial community may exercise authority over another. However, where the exercising of a power requires the combined action of several territorial communities, one of those communities or one of their associations may be authorized by statute to organize such combined action.
In the territorial communities of the Republic, the State representative, representing each of the members of the Government, shall be responsible for national interests, administrative supervision and compliance with the law."