French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe completed his three-day visit on November 6 to the West Indies on his way to St Barts, where he visited two hotels and a clearing site. He also met in Gustavia President Bruno Magras (LR).
A little earlier, the head of the government announced financial measures to help revive the economy of St Martin and St Barts. The State will also provide €62 million in aid to the local authority of St Martin to compensate for the shortfall for the community in terms of tax revenues.
“The overseas department has suffered too long from what is sometimes called the disease of announcements and the syndrome of promises of tarmac,” pleaded the Prime Minister who also announced that a government official would visit the site “every two months”.
Earlier in the morning, along with ministers Jean-Michel Blanquer (Education) and Annick Girardin (Overseas Territories), Édouard Philippe supervised children returning to school at one of St Martin’s primary schools. “We have a rentrée that, overall, is going well which is essential because of the need to return to normalcy, which will be a long road but it’s underway.”