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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Decolonization: French India

Jamie Trinidad

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 09 May 2021

Colonization / Decolonization — Territory, acquisition and transfer

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1France’s territories in India consisted of five main settlements, sometimes referred to as ‘établissements’ or ‘comptoirs’ (Pondicherry, Karikal, Yanaon, Chandernagore and Mahé); a number of ‘loges’ (parcels of land that were the sites of French factories or trading posts); and the four small, uninhabited Iskitippah Islands, which had formed by accretion in the 19th century in the boundary river between Yanaon and the Madras Presidency. 2The territories passed from French to Indian control in a series of events between 1947 and 1954. The events in question have...
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