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Downtown Antananarivo (the capital of Madagascar) has a definite French feel to it – which is not surprising given that the country was a French colony from 1896 to 1958.

French is one of the two official languages (Malagasy is the other), and you can see a considerable French influence in the architecture, but what really gives the capital a French feel is the presence of hundreds of cream-coloured Citroen CV2 and Renault 4L taxis on the roads.

Many of the older ones, as well as every second truck and bus on the road, belch black exhaust smoke onto the city streets, so the air is not always as clean as it looks in this picture.

Tana, as the city is known locally, has many fine French restaurants, and you can buy bottles of French wines in the local supermarkets for as little as 6,000 ariary (about US$3) and many other ‘produits gastronomiques’ imported from France at very reasonable prices.

So if you fancy a taste of France, but Paris is too expensive for you – Tana may be just the holiday destination for you!

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
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