Former Minister, Guy Mayers, has told a news conference that the French are unhappy with Saint Lucia.
“My information is that the French are upset with Saint Lucia,” Mayers, who is a former Minister of National Security disclosed yesterday.
He revealed that according to his information, the French have withdrawn assistance to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
“The Americans used the Leahy law and the French have been upset that up to now, it’s almost four years now, that there is a French national in our prison system who has been awaiting extradition to France,” Mayers asserted.
According to the former Minister, the French need their national to face trial in France.
Mayers observed that the process has been stalled as a result of a judicial system here that does not function properly.
The French Embassy here has denied boycotting celebrations marking St. Lucia’s 37th year of political independence from Britain, saying that it cherishes the relationship between Paris and Castries.
A statement from the Embassy noted that while the French did fail to participate in the traditional military independence parade on February 22, the presence of French soldiers from Martinique at the Independence celebrations is not automatic.
The statement also noted that at France was represented throughout all the Independence ceremonies by the ambassador, Eric la Moussaye and his wife, Defense attaché, Lt Colonel Damien Vauterin, of the French Armed Forces in the Caribbean, and several diplomats attached to the embassy.
However Guy Mayers has raised questions about the absence of the French military at the independence event.
“When was the last independence celebration that the French military did not participate in?”
The former Minister recalled that the French military has taken part in all previous independence celebrations.
He asked whether the nonparticipation should not be a signal that something is wrong.
According to him, the French have every reason to be upset because of the lack of action on the part of the current government.