French Guiana protests end with agreementStaff Writer |
Overseas A "Marshall Plan" of French aid
The French government signed an agreement with protesters and local MPs in Guiana.
The agreement was signed in Cayenne between the government and representatives from Pou La gwiyann dékolé (Collective to Get Guiana Moving), the group that led a general strike on March 25 which caused unrest across the territory, Bareigts said.
It authorises an emergency relief plan of up to 2.1 billion euros, which includes funds for security, education, healthcare and business aid.
France had already approved 1.1 billion in aid for French Guiana at the beginning of April. The additional funds were offered to meet demands made by the collective and local representatives, who rejected the government’s initial offer.
France will prioritise the implementation of the spending plan, said Bareigts, who described the agreement as a “decisive day for the future of Guiana”.
Locals had called for a "Marshall Plan" of French aid, along the lines of the huge US economic support given to help western Europe to recover after World War II, in a bid to revive the economy of the remote South American territory. ■
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