France: Slavery victims remembered

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President Jacques Chirac will attend a special ceremony in the nation’s capital designating 10 May as Slavery Remembrance Day.

Events will also be held in France’s ex-colony Senegal, from where African slaves were shipped to the Caribbean.

On 10 May five years ago, the French Senate passed a law recognising slavery as a crime against humanity.

Hundreds of thousands of slaves were taken by French ships from Africa to plantations in the Caribbean before France banned the practice in 1848.

Mr Chirac – with an eye on his legacy – wants France never to forget what he calls “this indelible stain on history”.

Source: BBC News