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1 New Caledonia did in fact have a poor reputation. Up to 1880, ‘La Nouvelle’, sung by Bruant, was a destination for convicts of ‘white race’. The French government did not do much about voluntary emigration. 2 It also financed occasional special operations, such as the transfer of female orphans of the Assistance Publique,3 the settlement of refugees from Alsace-Lorraine after the defeat of 1871, 4 the shipping out of a few impecunious emigrants5 or the settlement of soldiers demobilised on the spot.

10. For example, during the Restoration period (1815–30), Bordeaux députés lobbied in order to lower customs duties on Asian trade to France. D. Bouche, Histoire de la colonisation française. Vol. 2: Flux et reflux (1815–1962) (Fayard, 1991), p. 41. 28 Migration Trends to Indochina 11. E. Denis, Bordeaux et la Cochinchine, p. 276, and A. Benoist d’Azy, ‘L’Expédition française de Cochinchine’, Bulletin de la Société des Etudes Indochinoises (BSEI), 1928, 1, p. 29. 12. See note 3. 13. Denis, Bordeaux et la Cochinchine, p.

7 In this respect Lyautey seems to have played a major role. 8 Here we discover the names of Eugène Etienne, the Prince of Arenberg, Joseph Chailley-Bert, Jules Charles-Roux, Adrien de Montebello, Paul Bourde, Robert de Caix de Saint-Aymour and even Alfred and Guillaume Grandidier, René Millet, Jules Siegfried and Auguste Terrier. 10 Just as important were the links both Gallieni and Lyautey had with a number of associations which were campaigning in favour of the colonial empire. Thus Lyautey became a member of the Société de Géographie, the Société de Géographie Commerciale de Paris, the Union Coloniale Française, the Comité de l’Afrique Française and, of course, the Comité de Madagascar.

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