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France Urged To Repay The Billions Haiti Paid For Independence

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A group of scholars and activists including Cornel West and Noam Chomsky are urging France to pay the billions of dollars of debt that Haiti paid them for Haitian independence. The UK Guardian reports :

The open letter to the French president says the debt, now worth more than €17bn (£14bn), would cover the rebuilding of the country after a devastating earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people seven months ago.

Its signatories – including Noam Chomsky, the American linguist, Naomi Klein, the Canadian author and activist, Cornel West, the African-American author and civil rights activist, and several renowned French philosophers – say that if France repays the money it would be a solution to the shortfall in international donations promised following the earthquake.

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