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Contested French Islands and Sea-Space in the Western Indian Ocean

By Martin W. Lewis | October 31, 2011 |
Map of Europa Island

As was recently discussed in GeoCurrents, France‚Äôs incorporation of Mayotte as an overseas department has been attributed by some to the quest for geo-strategic advantage. It is difficult to see, however, exactly what advantage is gained. It is true that the possession of Mayotte gives France an extensive maritime realm by way of the 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) that …

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