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Современные подходы Франции к разрешению территориальных споров

Современная Европа. 2020. № 5. С. 155-164.

The article explores France's territorial disputes in Europe and beyond (in French overseas territories), as well as disputes settlement approaches adopted by Paris. The author outlines the historical background of the disputes and the motives that guide France in allocating significant funds for the maintenance of high-cost overseas territories, some of them are disputed by regional countries. In Europe France relies on both bilateral mechanisms and EU instruments to resolve disputes. The French territorial disagreements with other countries remain more acute in the overseas lands of France than in Europe. Paris promotes a method of gradual settlement based on the idea that the joint development of disputed areas allows to mitigate contradictions and to create conditions for a long-term territorial settlement. The French overseas Department of Mayotte is a special territorial case: the Union of the Comoros claims for this territory are supported by the UN. The French rationale for retaining Mayotte as part of France despite the UN decision is based on the results of several referendums, when the island's residents voted for this idea.