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July 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two tiny French Caribbean islands officially broke away from Guadeloupe, gaining partial financial and political autonomy. St. Barts and St. Martin can now create or change laws related to local taxes, tourism, public transportation and other issues, according to a statement by the French government. St. Barts also gained jurisdiction over housing, construction and environmental and energy affairs, areas over which St. Martin will have autonomy in 2012.
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July 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Two tiny French Caribbean islands officially broke away from Guadeloupe, gaining partial financial and political autonomy. St. Barts and St. Martin can now create or change laws related to local taxes, tourism, public transportation and other issues, according to a statement by the French government. St. Barts also gained jurisdiction over housing, construction and environmental and energy affairs, areas over which St. Martin will have autonomy in 2012.
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