Réunion: political system
Réunion has been a French overseas department (French: Département
d'outre-mer) since 1946. As such, it is an equal part of the French
Republic. Like the other departments, the island is therefore represented by
members of the French National Assembly. They also vote for the President of the
Republic. At the head of the administration there is always a prefect. Réunion
is, like metropolitan France, part of the European Union, so the currency is the
euro. There are only exceptions for some customs duties and sales tax.
According to Digopaul.com,
the official name Réunions is:
|La Réunion or L'Île de la Réunion
The national anthem of Réunion - a French overseas department - is the French
La Marseillaise. It was written and set to music by Claude Joseph Rouget de
Lisle in 1792. It was set to music by Hektor Berlioz around 1830.
||In the English translation
|Allons enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé.
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L'étendard sanglant est levé (bis)
Entendez-vous dans nos campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras,
Egorger vos fils, vos compagnes.Refrain
Aux poor citoyens!
Formez vos battalions!
qu'un sang impur abreuve nos sillons.
Que veut cette horde d'esclaves
De traîtres, de rois conjurés?
Pour qui ces ignobles entraves
Ces fers dès longtemps préparés? (bis)
Français, pour nous, ah! quel outrage
Quels transports il doit exciter?
C'est nous qu'on ose mediter
De rendre à l'antique esclavage!
Quoi ces cohortes étrangères!
Feraient la loi dans nos foyers!
Quoi! ces phalanges mercenaires
Terrasseraient nos fils guerriers! (to)
Grand Dieu! par des mains enchaînées
Nos fronts sous le joug se ploieraient
De vils despotes deviendraient
Les maîtres des destinées.
Tremblez, tyrans et vous
perfides L'opprobre de tous les partis
Tremblez! vos projets parricides
From enfin recevoir leurs prix! (to)
Tout est soldat pour vous combattre
S'ils tombent, nos jeunes héros
La France en produit de nouveaux,
Contre vous tout prêts à se battre
Français, en guerriers magnanimes
Portez ou retenez vos coups!
Épargnez ces tristes victimes
A regret s'armant contre nous (bis)
Mais ces despotes sanguinaires,
Mais ces complices de Bouillé
Tous ces tigres qui, sans pitié
Déchirent le sein de leur mère!
Amour sacré de la Patrie
Conduis, soutiens nos bras vengeurs
Liberté, Liberté chérie
Combats avec tes défenseurs! (bis)
Sous nos drapeaux, que la victoire
Accoure à tes mâles accents
Que tes ennemis expirants
Voient ton triomphe et notre gloire!
Nous entrerons dans la carrière
Quand nos aînés n'y seront plus,
Nous y trouverons leur poussière
Et la trace de leurs vertus (bis)
Bien moins jaloux de leur survivre
Que de partager leur cercueil,
Nous aurons le sublime orgueil
De les venger ou de les suivre!
|Up, children of the fatherland!
The day of fame is here. Bloody banner
of tyranny was
raised against us.
Do you hear the
roar of the cruel warriors in the fields ?
They come right up to your arms,
your sons, your wives to behead!Refrain
to arms, citizens!
Close the ranks,
forward, let's march!
So that unclean blood
soaks our fields!
What does this horde of slaves, of
traitors, of conspiratorial kings want ?
For whom are these common fetters,
These irons long prepared?
French, for us, ah! what shame,
what anger this must arouse!
One dares to think of
bringing Us into old bondage!
What! Foreign rabble
would rule over our homes!
What! These mercenaries would bring down
Our proud warriors!
Great god! With chains on
our hands, our heads would bow to the yoke.
Vile despots would
determine our fate!
Tremors, tyrants and you wicked
shame of all parties,
tremble! Your wicked plans
are finally getting paid back!
Everyone is a soldier to fight you,
when you fall, our young heroes,
the earth beget new ones who
are ready to fight you
French, you noble warriors,
deal your blows or withhold them!
Spare these sad victims
Who reluctantly arm themselves against us.
But these bloodthirsty despots,
But these accomplices of Bouillé,
All these tigers who ruthlessly
tear apart their mother's breast!
Holy love for the fatherland,
guide, support our avenging arms.
Freedom, beloved freedom,
fight with your defenders!
So that victory under our flags
rushes to the aid of the sounds of strong men,
So that your dying enemies
see your victory and our glory!
We will tread on the way of life,
When the older ones will no longer
be there, We will find their dust
and their virtues there.
Rather share their coffin
Than they want to survive,
We will with lofty pride
avenge them or follow them.
Based on flag descriptions by
Countryaah.com, since Reunion is an overseas department of France, it has the tricolor of
France as its flag.
Réunion: people known
Raymond Barre (1924-2007)
Born in Saint-Denis, the French politician and economist held office since 1976
as Prime Minister of France and at the same time as Minister of Economics and
Paul Véronge de la Nux (1853-1911)
The French composer Paul Véronge de la Nux, who was born on Réunion in 1853,
composed three operas, an overture symphonique, chamber music pieces and song
cycles in the course of his career.
Léon Dierx (1838-1912)
In 1838, the French writer Léon Dierx was born in Saint-Denis, today's capital
of La Réunion. His most important work was Lèvres close (1864), a very
Roland Garros (1888-1918)
Roland Garros, the French aviation pioneer, who was the first pilot to fly a
real fighter plane during the First World War, also came from the capital
Axel Gauvin (born 1944)
The writer Axel Gauvin was born in Le Bois-de-Nèfles on La Réunion in 1944 and
has been a teacher and writer since 1973. So far he has published five novels in
French and some poems in Creole. His essays on the culture and language of the
Creoles are also well known.
Michel Houellebecq (born 1956/58)
The French writer, born as Michel Thomas between 1956 or 1958 on La Réunion, is
one of the most controversial, but also one of the most widely read contemporary
authors in France.
Auguste Lacaussade (1815-1897)
The French writer, who was born in Saint-Denis, joined the politically committed
Victor Schœlcher after 1848, who, as senator from Martinique and Guadeloupe,
promoted the abolition of slavery in France and its colonies. Lacaussade became
the head of the Senate Library after the Franco-German War.
Charles Marie René Leconte de Lisle (1818-1894)
The French writer, who was actually born as Charles Marie Leconte in Saint-Paul
on Réunion in 1818, was also politically active against the 2nd regime of
Napoléon Bonaparte. Today the deliberately cool poems by Leconte de Lisle are
Pedro Mascarenhas (around 1484-1555)
The native Portuguese was a well-known seafarer who is considered to be the
discoverer of the Mascarene archipelago, to which he also gave his name. In
April 1512 he discovered the island of Reunion.
Daniel Narcisse (born 1979)
The French handball player from Saint-Denis has been playing for THW Kiel since
2009 and is also active for the French national handball team.
Ambroise Vollard (1865-1939)
was born in Saint-Denis in 1865 with Ambroise Volaren, a French gallery owner,
art dealer and publisher, who was one of the most important personalities in the
art of the 20th century.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Volcanic landscape on La Réunion
The island of Réunion was discovered in 1502 and was uninhabited. It was not
settled until the beginning of the 18th century and the Europeans traded in
slaves there. It is located in the Pacific Ocean.
The landscape is characterized by great differences in altitude, which means
that there are different climatic zones. There are numerous volcanoes,
rainforests, alpine mountainous terrain, plateaus, jungles, rivers and sandy
beaches on the island. In the region of Cilaos there are still almost untouched
rainforests to be found.
The biodiversity of animals and plants - very many endemic plants (only
growing here) - in the respective climatic zones is significant. There are many
species of corals and fish in the sea around the island. Hermit crabs, starfish,
crabs, box fish, butterfly fish and surgeon fish live in the shallower waters of
the island. Sea turtles, rays, tuna, sharks and many other species of fish live
in the open sea.
The volcanic landscape was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on August 2,
Agriculture and handicrafts play an important role in and around Entre-Deux. The
old and lovingly tended Creole houses are particularly worth seeing.
About 140,000 people live in Saint-Denis, the capital of Réunion. It is
located in the north of the island directly on the coast of the Indian
Ocean. Slaves were brought to the island from Madagascar, East Africa and India
to grow vanilla and sugar cane. When slavery was banned in the 19th century, the
immigration of auxiliary workers from the above-mentioned countries was
encouraged. The descendants of the former slaves, immigrants and masters now
live peacefully together on the island. In the middle of the 18th century, the
first stone houses were built in Saint-Denis and the park was created, which
extends in the middle of the city with its fountains and palm trees. There are
Christian churches, Hindu temples and mosques in Saint-Senis. Most
characteristic is certainly the Noor-e-Islam mosque with its striking minaret.
The municipality of Saint Louis is located in the south of La Réunion, next to
l'Étang-Salé and Saint-Pierre. Sugar cane is grown in the wide plains of the
municipality, so it is not surprising that 10 sugar factories were located here
up to the end of the 19th century, compared to 189 on the whole of La Réunion.
Today, the local Sucrérie du Gol is one of the last operating sugar factories
along the coast.
The image of Saint-Louis is shaped by mosques, Tamil temples and Catholic
churches. The village of Les Makes is located above Saint-Louis and is known for
its opportunities for interesting hikes and the viewpoint "The Window" (La
The community with approx. 38,000 residents is located in the far south of the
island in a magical setting.
Saint-Joseph is the southernmost municipality in France and the European
Union. Volcanic eruptions combined with the power of water have shaped the
The Rivière des Remparts, for example, which flows into the Indian Ocean here,
has formed a canyon cut up to 1,000 m deep into the volcanic rock.
The river of the same name, Rivière Langevin, flows into the district of
Langevin. The Pointe de Langevin is also the southernmost point of the European
Manapany-les-Bains is one of the most beautiful bays on the island, and it is
also possible to bathe and swim here.
La Réunions, the second largest city with 99,300 residents, extends
in the north-west of the island and borders the two mountains Gros Morne and
Grand Bénare. Historically interesting is the bay where the French went ashore
in 1642 when they took possession of the island for the second time. When the
Saint Charles anchored off Saint-Paul in 1663, La Réunion became the first
French settlement in the Indian Ocean. Saint-Paul, the oldest municipality in La
Réunion, was the island's capital until 1738, but then lost this status to
Saint-Philippe is located in the southeast of the island, at the foot of the
Piton de la Fournaise volcano - and borders Saint-Joseph and Sainte-Rose. The
2,632 m high Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes in the
world. On its fertile southern slope, agriculture is practiced up to an altitude
of over 1,000 m, including the cultivation of sugar cane or a range of fruits
such as coconuts or guavas.
Between Saint Philippe and Sainte-Rose is Le Grand Brûlé, where you can see
earlier lava flows that flowed into the ocean.
The garden of fragrances and spices (Jardin des Parfums et des Epices), a
private garden with hundreds of exotic plants, spices, fruit trees and orchids,
is well worth a visit.
7 chemin forestier Mare-Longue
Saint-Pierre is the main town in the south of the island. In the city center,
which is well worth seeing, there are interesting shopping opportunities, for
example in the local market halls (marché couvert). The city's harbor is also
If you want to experience a little culture, you can visit a Tamil temple, a
Chinese pagoda, a mosque, the Ravine Blanche church or the grave of the bandit
Sitarane in the local cemetery.
Some time ago a rum museum was opened in the "Isautier" distillery with the help
of three rum distilleries. The "Isautier" distillery was founded in 1845, making
it the oldest family distillery on the island.
Episcopal Palace in Saint-Denis
The Episcopal Palace was built in the 19th century. Today there is the
Musée Léon Dierx, where you can see works by Cézanne, Chagall, Delacroix, Dufy,
Gaugin, Manet, Picasso and Renoir.
Hotel de la Prefecture
The Hotel de la Prefecture is the oldest building in Reunion. It was built in
1738 and expanded as a governor's palace.
Town hall of Saint-Denis
One of the many old and rich buildings of Saint-Denis is the old town
hall, the interior of which is reminiscent of an imposing villa. L'Ancien Hôtel
de Ville de Saint-Denis, as it is called in French, has been on Rue de Paris
since 1846. In 1975 it was classified as a classic historical building on the
Villa Déramond-Barre in Saint-Denis
This Creole villa has been one of the monuments of La Réunion,
registered as classical buildings, since 1987. Significant names are associated
with their history. This includes Antoine Desforges Parny, the half-brother of
the writer Évariste de Forges de Parny. He was the owner of the house in 1814.
Museum "Stella Matutina" The Agricultural Museum "Stella
Matutina" is housed in a former sugar factory.
Musée de Villèle
The Musée de Villèle is on the road to Saint-Gilles-les-Hauts. There
china of the East India Company, weapons and ship models are exhibited.
Muséum d'histoire naturelle de La Réunion in Saint-Denis
The natural history museum of Saint-Denis, established in 1855, is located in
the heart of the city right next to the public Jardin de l'État. Since 1978 it
has been on the list of classic historical monuments of La Réunion. The museum
was housed in a building from 1834. You can see around 42,000 exhibits that
document the natural history changes in La Réunion and the Indian Ocean.
Musée Léon Dierx in Saint Denis
The Musée Léon Dierx commemorates the French writer who was born in
Saint-Denis in 1838 and whose most important work was Lèvres close (1864). An
exhibition of Impressionist works can be seen in the museum.
La Cathédrale Saint-Marie de Saint-Denis
The cathedral of the island's capital Saint-Denis rises in its
center. It was built between 1829 and 1832. Since 1975 it has been on the state
list for registered historical buildings. In front of the cathedral is the
fountain donated by Mayor Gustave Manès in 1854.
Noor-e-Islam mosque in Saint-Denis
The Noor-e-Islam mosque, inaugurated in 1905, is located in the
island's capital, Saint-Denis, right next to the pedestrian zone. The mosque
with its distinctive minaret was the first of its kind in France at the time it
was built. The name of the largest mosque in La Réunion means “light of Islam”.
Notre-Dame des-Laves near Sainte-Rose
This church stands at the foot of the Piton de la Fournaise, the second most
active volcano on earth. The church of Sainte-Rose was nearly destroyed by a
lava flow in 1977. The hot lava first penetrated the church through the entrance
portal and finally came to a stop in the middle of the nave. The church has had
its current name since that day.
The largest Tamil temple on the island was built in 1972 and is also open to
Aquarium de La Réunion in Saint-Gilles
The small public aquarium of Saint-Gilles in the east of La Réunion takes its
visitors into an enchanting realm of the fauna of the lagoon. Children are
accompanied by a commenting polyp, which acts as the facility's mascot.
Cimetière Marin de Saint-Paul
The ship cemetery in Saint Paul was laid out on the bay of the city
facing the Indian Ocean, i.e. exactly at the point where Saint-Paul was the
first place La Réunion was founded. The naval cemetery is so popular because of
its picturesque atmosphere and because it reminds of some famous pirates like
Grotto des Premiers Français near Saint-Paul
The grotto of the first French belongs to the urban area of
Saint-Paul. As the name suggests, it is the first place in La Réunion that was
settled by the colonizers from France. The grotto is also known by the names La
Caverne (du Portugais), Caverne des Matelots, La loge des douze exilés and
Grotte de Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. In 2007 the place was renamed Grotte des
Parc du Colorado near Saint-Denis
The large natural habitat spreads on the so-called La Montagne, which
is about 300 meters high and belongs to the urban area of Saint-Denis. The
park is known for its golf courses as well as its meteorological station.
Rue de Paris in Saint-Denis
The historical axis of Saint-Denis, which is very worth seeing, is
bordered by such important buildings and facilities as the Jardin de l'État and
the old town hall. You should definitely join one of the guided hikes along the
Rue de Paris offered by the tourist office (French: L'office de tourisme).
Université de la Réunion in Saint-Denis
The only university of La Réunion is located just outside the center of
Saint-Denis. The Université de La Réunion is also the oldest European university
in the Indian Ocean.
Jardin l'État in Saint-Denis
The Jardin de l'Etat, or the state garden, spreads across
Saint-Denis. It was established between 1767 and 1773. It is an exotic park with
palm trees and a fountain. The Botanical Garden, formerly known as the Jardin du
Roy, is also joined by the Natural History Museum, which was opened in 1855. The
main entrance to the park is on the historic Rue de Paris.
La Roche Écrite near Saint-Denis
If you leave Saint-Denis in a southerly direction by car for about 15
minutes, you come to Roche Écrite, a hill that overlooks the city and offers
picturesque views of the capital, La Réunion.
The spectacular Maïdo viewpoint is around 2,200 m high. From there you have a
very nice view of the surrounding area.
Piton de la Fournaise
The 2,631 meter high volcano is - after Hawaii - the second most active volcano
on earth and the last mountain on Réunion with volcanic activity. The volcano
erupts about every two years and is then always visited by onlookers. The last
outbreak occurred on the evening of December 9, 2010. Also worth seeing is the
Notre-Dame-des-Laves church, which stands at the foot of the volcano and was
once almost destroyed by the liquid lava. It is highly recommended to join one
of the guided hikes through the volcanic area. For such a trip you should
definitely take enough water, warm clothing and sunscreen with you, because the
weather is unpredictable there.
Piton des Neiges
The 3,069 meter high Piton des Neiges (dt. Snow peak), the highest
point in the Indian Ocean, was created about 2 million years ago and has not
been active for about 20,000. Three hiking trails of different difficulty lead
up to the summit. They meet at a mountain hut about an hour's walk from the
summit. The hut offers a heated indoor area, an outdoor area for tents and
meals. It is best to reserve in advance.
Trou de Fer
The Trou de Fer (Eng. Iron hole) is a 250 meter deep gorge, which is located on
the flank of the highest mountain in La Réunion, the 3,069 meter high Piton des
Neiges. The roaring roar of the falling water is very impressive.
Point de la Table
volcano nature trail The Point de la Table volcano nature trail shows many
different types of lava and solidified lava formations.
Cascade de la Grande Ravine waterfalls The Cascade de la Grande
waterfalls are about 10 km from Langevin. They are about 1,000 m high
and arguably the most beautiful in Réunion.
The so-called Wild South (Le Sud Sauvage) invites you to take a detour with its
green forests, the deep blue of the Indian Ocean and its rugged cliffs. The
local rural region with the villages such as Villages Créoles, Grand Coude,
Plaine des Grègues or Jean Petit offer a wonderful experience.
A number of lookout points offer an excellent view of the Indian Ocean,
including Cap Méchant, Mer Cassée, Souffleur d'Arbonne or Étang Salé.
There is also a 1.5 km long beach of black, volcanic sand on the coast of
A fantastic spectacle is offered by a narrow basalt opening called Schlund (Le
Gouffre), into which the sea pours high and foaming.
A developed coastal path, which can only be used by pedestrians and
non-motorized traffic, leads from Étang-Salé to Saint-Pierre.