Paris to decide fate of huge gold mine in forests of French Guiana

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By Chloe Farand
The Guardian, London
Friday, April 27, 2018

Through the window of the small propeller plane leaving the capital, Cayenne, the jungle's canopy stretches out as far as the eye can see.

More than 90% covered by luxuriant rainforest, French Guiana has little in common with mainland France bar the name.

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Yet this corner of the Amazon forest is awaiting a decision by Emmanuel Macron's government over the development of a controversial open-pit gold mine that would be the country's largest.

Wedged between Brazil and Suriname and about the size of Portugal, French Guiana is one of France's lesser-known overseas departments.

Its dense primary forest boasts unique biodiversity and remains mysteriously wild, with most of the population concentrated along the coast.

The territory has attracted shallow artisanal mining of its gold-rich soil for more than 150 years. Now, multinational companies are eyeing up deeper, untouched gold reserves. ...

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/27/paris-to-decide-fate...

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