In Guyana, Emmanuel Macron's quick journey within the face of a disillusioned inhabitants | EUROtoday

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Emmanuel Macron, in the forest near the village of Camopi, as part of a two-day visit to the French overseas department of Guyana, March 25, 2024.

The arrival of the President of the Republic? The Guyanese didn’t make a giant deal out of it. Those who threatened to precise their anger weren’t adopted, and the detached set the tone of a go to with out fervor or a robust message.

Emmanuel Macron spent thirty-six hours within the French abroad division, Monday March 25 and Tuesday March 26, earlier than going to Brazil till the twenty ninth. Too quick for some, ineffective for others, the journey was certified as “trip “full of gas”” – a obligatory stopover. A listener to the Guyane La 1ère channel illustrated this with humor: “He came to eat his awara broth”the standard simmered dish of Guyanese Creoles that brings households collectively at Easter.

In October 2017, the newly elected head of state got here after a social motion of unprecedented scale on this Amazonian territory within the spring. He had endorsed the “Guyana emergency plan”, adopted on the very finish of François Hollande's mandate. According to a really current report from the Court of Auditors, the State has saved its monetary commitments (1.25 billion euros in infrastructure). But Emmanuel Macron, then, additionally dropped somewhat sentence that nobody has forgotten right here: “I'm not Santa Claus. »

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Seven years later, the challenge remains for him to convince that the State is obtaining results in its overseas territories, and that it will support their development by adapting a national standard deemed absurd by the population. “The 2017 commitments have all been kept”, he assured throughout an interview with the Guyane La 1ère channel, broadcast on Tuesday. The Elysée, nevertheless, emphasised on the eve of departure: “It is collectively, with a shared responsibility, that we will work over the long term. » A way of sending communities back to their shortcomings.

“The results need to be consolidated”, agreed Emmanuel Macron with reference to unlawful gold panning. Expectations, like wants, stay immense in Guyana, the place disappointment led 60.7% of voters to vote for Marine Le Pen within the presidential election in 2022. In November 2023, the National Assembly's mission on the Guyanese territorial planning had adopted with nice consensus a report calling for “a programming law” full.

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The division faces huge unresolved improvement issues, from excessive poverty – it impacts 53% of the inhabitants – to the plundering of its assets in defiance of French sovereignty. Isolation threatens municipalities within the west of the territory resembling Maripasoula, 25,000 inhabitants. A highway has been requested for many years. Only the financing of a 32 kilometer part (for 29 million euros) between this metropolis and Papaichton has been validated however the Head of State promised to finance the remaining 150 km to Apatou.

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