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Paris says French Guiana's €2.5 billion euro demand 'unrealistic'

Staff Writer | April 3, 2017
France will not give in to demands for an "unrealistic" 2.5 billion euro ($2.7 billion) aid package for French Guiana, which has been swept by social unrest, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
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After the French territory in South America was disrupted by protests and a general strike, Paris sent two ministers last week for talks with a coalition representing the demonstrators.

The protests, which pose a challenge to the government in Paris three weeks before a presidential election, began with demands for tougher measures against crime, but also reflect a deeper malaise in the territory which suffers from high unemployment.

The government offered a 1 billion euro aid plan but the protest movement demanded an emergency 2.5 billion euro plan in talks over the weekend.

After a ministerial meeting in Paris to review the situation, Cazeneuve said it would be easy for the government to "take the easy way out and promise an unrealistic amount of financial aid" before handing over responsibility to the next government.

"That is not the idea that we have of responsibility," he told reporters.