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French history of Georgia2013-04-23 15:34
The other day, the Georgian delegation headed by State Minister for Diaspora Affairs Konstantin Surguladze visited France. They discussed the issue of the estate of Le ville, located in the suburbs of Paris, just 30 km away from the French capital. It would seem, there is no link between the French provincial town and Georgia, and why do the two countries discuss?
And the link is quite strong. Le ville is the center of the Georgian emigration. In 1920s, the estate was purchased by members of the first government of independent Georgia who had emigrated to France. Fleeing the Bolshevik regime, the young Georgian government took refuge here, in a modest French village - Le ville. Today, they are buried at a local cemetery. Their descendants, the owners of the land, still live here. Among them there is Natella Jordania - a descendant of the first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, Georgia's first president Noe Zhordania.
The question of the transfer of the estate of Le ville to Georgian side actualized after Georgia gained independence for the second time, but the first serious steps in this direction have already been made under Mikheil Saakashvili. However, negotiations over Le ville remained a mystery for the Georgian public. The last official date of the alleged transfer is May 26, 2011, but for unknown reasons, that did not happen, and the issue was postponed for another year. In Tbilisi there were rumors that members of the "National Movement" and personally Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili have resold Le ville to France, and all the talk about a possible transfer of the estate under the jurisdiction of Georgia was just a bluff. However, official sources have not confirmed this information.