French Guiana (French: Guyane française, officially Guyane) is an overseas department (French: département d'outre-mer, or DOM) of France, situated on the north-eastern coast of South America. Like the other DOMs, French Guiana is an overseas region of France, one of the 26 regions of France. Its currency is the euro. The prefecture is in Cayenne.
The use of the adjective "French" comes from the colonial period when three "Guiana" colonies existed side-by-side: British Guiana (now Guyana), Dutch Guiana (now Suriname) and French Guiana. The three are often referred to collectively as "the Guianas". Considered to be a part of Metropolitan France, French law applies directly in these territories and collectivities, augmented slightly by enabling and other specific laws and regulations. You may consult the bookstore (boutique) of LexisNexis France for the best and most comprehensive sources on French law as it may be applied in French Guiana.
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