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Réunion

Background

Réunion

Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common exchange currency, the euro, in January 1999.

About

Reunion (French: Réunion ) is a French overseas territory located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, east of the island of Madagascar.

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RéunionLUX Ile de la Reunion 

28 Rue du Lagon
St Gilles-les-Bains
Saint-Paul 97434
Réunion

Price (US$): $367 - $1015 / night

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Location. LUX Ile de la Reunion is a beachfront luxury hotel located in Saint Paul's La Saline Les Bains neighborhood. Hotel Features. In addition to 3 restaurants, LUX Ile de la Reunion offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A beach bar, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a fitness… more »

RéunionPalm Hotel and Spa 

Grand' Anse
Petite-Ile 97429
Réunion

Price (US$): $280 - $414 / night

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Location. Palm Hotel and Spa is located in Petite Ile. Hotel Features. Dining options at Palm Hotel and Spa include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. There is a full service health spa on site. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Petite Ile property has 4 square meters of event space consisting of a conference center. Additional… more »

RéunionHotel Bellepierre 

91 Bis Allee Des Topazes
Saint-Denis 97400
Réunion

Price (US$): $168 - $216 / night

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Location. Located in central Saint Denis, Hotel Bellepierre is near the airport and close to Natural History Museum, La Barachois Square, and Jardin de l'Etat. Nearby points of interest also include Au Petit Marche. Hotel Features. Hotel Bellepierre's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis… more »

RéunionDimitile Hotel 

30 rue bras long
Entre-Deux 97414
Réunion

Price (US$): $204 - $270 / night

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Location. Located in Entre Deux, Dimitile Hotel is by the ocean and attractions in the region include Reunion National Park and Piton des Neiges. Hotel Features. Dimitile Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel also has a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar is open for drinks. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served each morning. Recreational amenities include a waterpark (surcharge). Also located on site are an outdoor pool and an outdoor… more »

RéunionBoucan Canot 

32, Rue Boucan Canot
Saint-Gilles-les-Bains
Saint-Paul 97434
Réunion

Price (US$): $362 - $495 / night

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Location. Boucan Canot is located in Saint Paul's St Gilles les Bains neighborhood. Hotel Features. Boucan Canot features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. This 4 star property offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and audiovisual equipment. This Saint Paul property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, and… more »

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Réunion

Capital
Saint-Denis
Geographic coordinates

21 06 S, 55 36 E

Border countries

Brazil 673 km, Suriname 510 km

Climate

Tropical, but temperature moderates with elevation; cool and dry (May to November), hot and rainy (November to April)

Terrain

Mostly rugged and mountainous; fertile lowlands along coast

Ethnic groups

Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities

Religions

Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim 5%-10%, unaffiliated 4%

Languages

French (official) 100%, rapidly declining regional dialects and languages (Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque, Flemish)

Government type

republic

Independence

no official date of independence 486 (Frankish tribes unified under Merovingian kingship); 10 August 843 (Western Francia established from the division of the Carolingian Empire); 14 July 1789 (French monarchy overthrown); 22 September 1792 (First French Republic founded); 4 October 1958 (Fifth French Republic established)

National holiday

Fete de la Federation, 14 July (1790); note - although often incorrectly referred to as Bastille Day, the celebration actually commemorates the holiday held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (on 14 July 1789) and the establishment of a constitutional monarchy; other names for the holiday are Fete Nationale (National Holiday) and quatorze juillet (14th of July)

Chief of state

President Nicolas SARKOZY (since 16 May 2007)

Head of government

Prime Minister Francois FILLON (since 17 May 2007)

Internet country code

.re

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