On March 16, the High Council for Family, Childhood and Old Age published its annual report on “The situation of families in the overseas departments and regions: social and political realities”. This work proposes an observation of the situation of the territories and possibilities to change the situation.
“This report grew out of an observationexplains Michel Villac, President of the Family Council, oIt has been widely said that we work too much on metropolitan France and that it is important to take a close look at the situation in overseas France.”
The High Council therefore focused its study on the West Indies, Guyana, Réunion and Mayotte. “From an economic point of view, we need a Marshall Plan for these areas, but in addition to housing, access to education is very important. It is not normal that family benefits are lower for people whose standard of living is already very low and whose prices are higher than in mainland France.”
The first observation observed by Michel Villac is that of “Difference in the quality of life compared to the metropolis. The difference between Réunion and the West Indies is 20% compared to France. While Mayotte’s standard of living is 1/7.”
The President of the High Council for Family, Childhood and Old Age is also alarmed, especially about the situation in Mayotte: “In view of the rapid growth and the number of children, the schools on offer cannot keep up. There are therefore not enough places in the school and therefore not the same treatment of young people according to the administrative situation of the parents in the area. Some children do not have access to school and there is a risk that situations will become cramped. For Guyana he addsit is the opportunity for children to attend a local school that is complicated.”
For the organisation: “The two imperatives of this report are education for all and that all students have access to a hot meal.” In Mayotte and Guyana, the report notes again “The differences are incompatible with the questions of equal rights for citizens that our republic has asked itself. This situation cannot remain as it is.”
In contrast to children, the report also points to the aging of the population in certain departments. There are “8.5 elderly for 10 young people in Martinique (8 in mainland France), 7 for 10 and Guadeloupe”, so observes the high council for the family.
More generally, the report insists on the need to narrow this gap “considerable” between overseas and France. At the risk of fueling the debate Returning to neo-colonialist relations with the metropolis, with high crime, high insecurity and the danger of regular social explosions, as we have recently seen again” still insures this file.
This report will be given to the various political leaders of the territories because, for Michel Villac, it is necessary: “To bring the situation of the inhabitants of these departments to the same level as that of the metropolis, in order to comply with the principle of republican equality.”