AS FRENCH TERRITORIES (93 square mi or 242 square km) and a curious leftover from the chessboard games of colonial diplomacy of the 18th-century great powers, the tiny islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are the only remaining fragments of the once mighty French North American empire.
Consisting of two small islands, no more than barren rocks with two small settlements, the territory's small size, however, belies its importance economically as a major source for the French fishing industry.
The islands are a self-governing unit of FRANCE, known as a territorial collectivity since 1986 (a distinction that gives more autonomy).
Though 3,000 mi (4,800 km) from France, its residents are full citizens of the republic, with one seat in the Senate and one in the National Assembly.
Located at the intersection of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the ATLANTIC OCEAN, only 20 mi (32 km) southwest of the Canadian province of Newfoundland, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are situated strategically within a day's sailing of the Grand Banks, one of the richest commercial fishing areas in the world.
The islands' 74.4 mi (120 km) of coast enable France to claim a much wider exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the surrounding waters.
Long the subject of dispute between France and CANADA, the question of fishing quotas and economic zone resulted in arbitration by a mutually agreed upon international tribunal in 1992, awarding the islands a 4,816-square-mi (12,348-square-km) exclusive economic zone, although this was only a fourth of what France was pushing for.
The islands are heavily subsidized by France and are hoping to relieve some of this burden through tests for offshore oil and increased tourism, appealing to visitors' interest in natural wilderness and the islands' legendary cuisine.
The main settlement is on Saint-Pierre, the smaller of the two islands, home to 90 percent of the population.
Its terrain is high and rocky, dominated by Mount Galadry.
Saint-Pierre has the only harbor deep enough for seagoing vessels.
Miquelon is really two islands, Grande Miquelon and Petite Miquelon (also called Langlade), connected by a narrow isthmus, a sandbar that has gradually solidified around numerous shipwrecks between the islands.
The second settlement, Miquelon (population 700), is located on a narrow promontory on the far northern end of the island.
Six dependent islands surround the main islands, mostly small rocks that are home to seabirds and seals.
Miquelon's southern lagoon, Grand Barachois, is also a primary breeding spot for numerous seabirds.
Despite its inhospitable climate-cold and wet, persistent year-round-Breton and Basque sailors attracted to the wealth of the Grand Banks settled on the islands in small numbers from the early 17th century.
Others came when French colonists were expelled from Newfoundland in 1713 and Acadia in 1763.
As a result of the Treaty of Paris, 1763, France ceded the entirety of its North American possessions in Canada and LOUISIANA to Great Britain, reserving only Saint-Pierre and Miquelon as a consolation prize.
Much of the coastline is strewn with wreckage of ships sunk by northeast gales and fogs in this graveyard of the Atlantic.
- Spain is inviting to go shopping to the “unexplored” cities
"By 2019 the country is planning to increase their income up to 5 billion euro from selling goods and services to the tourists.
Spain is quite a hyped up place where one can go shopping. Still, the country’s annual profit reaches 1.6 billion euro from holidaymakers. Madrid and Barcelona are considered to be highly-visited touristic cities, which is about 37-47% of tourist-shoppers accordingly. The rest is dispersed among the other cities in Spain.
However, the local authorities are not so satisfied with such a situation. They intend to build up the population settlements with shopping streets which were before unknown to the foreign shoppers. It is said that in the near future the experienced tourists will realize the shopping capabilities of the country, besides the two most attractive cities, Madrid and Barcelona. "
- Police in Dubai again start “hunting” the tourists
"The guards will be picking up the kissing tourists.
It is reported that the more Dubai city becomes popular year after year the more tourists come to the Emirates who are not so obedient to Islamic law. The UAE authorities decided to fight for its citizens who are offended by tourists who allow themselves to kiss in public places. In order to explain to the country’s guests that such a behavior is not acceptable the Emirates authorities will make up a project named “Welcome to UAE”.
Resulting this campaign the billboards will be posted throughout the city demonstrating the standards of decency and the authorities will also share law booklets to the foreigners. It is planned that tourists will be able to get such booklets at the malls and coasts. Taxi drivers and hotel staff will have to pass a special training so that they could then explain tourists the rules of conduct in the country.
It is stated that a street kiss in Dubai is punished by a big fine, however, the police seldom fines the tourists, usually the issue ends up with just a simple warning. "