Journée Nationale Maoré in Comoros Date in the current year: November 12, 2016

Journée Nationale Maoré in Comoros November 12 is Journée Nationale Maoré, that is a public holiday in Comoros. Establishment of this holiday is connected with the history of the Union of the Comoros, particularly the relations between this state and France.

The Union of the Comoros consists of three islands – Grande Comore, Mohéli and Anjouan, while Mayotte (Maoré) is an island of the Comoros archipelago. In 1843 France installed its administration in Mayotte and soon the other three islands also became its colony. A national referendum on independence of Comoros was held in 1974. The population of three islands voted for it, while Mayotte voted against.

Comoros declared independence from France on July 6, 1975, as a union of three islands. On November 12, 1975 all four islands were admitted to the United Nations. Despite this fact the island of Mayotte is the French overseas department and region.

European nations, as well as people of Comoros, condemn France and its presence in Mayotte. In 2005 the member countries of the European Union declared November 12 to be Journée Nationale Maoré (Maoré National Day) as one of the ways to fight against presence of France on the island. In 2006 Comoros declared it to be a public holiday on all three islands.

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