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At Paris' Orly airport, a daily duel between customs and Guiana drug mules

Orly - Every day they come. Drug mules from French Guiana in South America, carrying cocaine in their luggage or their stomachs, playing a cat-and-mouse game with customs officials at Paris' Orly airport.Some get caught. Some do not.

France's New Caledonia rejects independence in tighter-than-expected vote

Blanchot - Islanders on the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia on Sunday rejected independence in a referendum that revealed weaker-than-expected support for Paris in the resource-rich and strategic outpost.On the final count, 56.

A year on, Caribbean islands bear scars of Hurricane Irma

Marigot - One year after devastating Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean, the holiday islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barts are still counting the costs of one of the most powerful storms in history.

Ahead of independence vote, Macron visits key French Pacific foothold

Blanchot - President Emmanuel Macron made his first visit to the French archipelago of New Caledonia Thursday, where tensions are running high ahead of an independence vote long sought by ethnic separatist groups.

French Indian Ocean island erupts over immigration, insecurity

Mamoutzou - The French government attempted Monday to end weeks of unrest on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, with a visiting minister promising action against insecurity and an influx of migrants from neighbouring African islands that has severely strai...

In Dominica, islanders stand strong despite chaos

Roseau - It's been less than a week since Hurricane Maria largely destroyed the Caribbean island of Dominica -- but despite cut-off supplies and extreme conditions, its inhabitants remain optimistic in the face of devastation.

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