Friday, February 05, 2010

France Issues Semi-Postal to Aid Haiti

The Palm Beach Post reports the French post office has released semi-postal to help victims of Haiti's earthquake.

The cost of the stamp is 1 euro (US$.1.45). For each one sold the French Red Cross will receive euro 0,44 (US$. 0.638), to help the earthquake victims in Haiti.

According to the Associated Press article, France occupied Haiti for more than 100 years, from 1697 to independence in 1804 after the world's first successful slave uprising. France still has a large presence in the Caribbean, including the two official French overseas departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and is keen to be seen as a leader in the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

Shown above, president of the French Red Cross Jean-Francois Mattei, left, and Industry Minister Christian Estrosi unveil the design of the new postage stamp.

To read the entire artilce, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM