France's Hollande to Pay 'Moral Debt' to Haiti

French President Francois Hollande pledged to pay back a "moral debt" to Haiti during a visit on Tuesday to the impoverished Caribbean nation founded by former French slaves who declared independence in 1804. His visit marked the first official visit by a French president to the hemisphere's poorest country, a former colonial jewel still bitter over a debt France forced Haiti to pay in 1825 for property lost in the slave rebellion. Hollande said, "We cannot change the past, but we can change the future." He spoke at an event with Haitian president Michel Martelly on Port au Prince's Champ de Mars, in the city center near the presidential palace that was destroyed by a 2010 earthquake.



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