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A group of islands in the Caribbean which have been under French sovereignty since 1635. It received the status of a French Overseas Department in 1946, and was recognized as a French region in 1974. It is legally an integral part of France, which provides most of its national income through trade, financial aid and public-sector salaries. The islands are represented in Paris by four Deputies in the National Assembly, as well as two Senators.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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