Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, plans to seek the assistance of the French in assisting the City Police Department.
Francis told reporters ahead of talks Tuesday with Regional Counsellor for Cooperation at the Embassy of France, Doctor Stephane Dovert, that he would ask the French for help in training City Police officers.
The Mayor also spoke of the possibility of arranging an exchange of police officers.
“What we are looking at is – now we are not mobile and the French police vehicles look very nice,” Francis said to a burst of laughter from the gathering which included members of the local media.
In addition, the Mayor explained that help will be sought in removing derelict vehicles from the roads here.
Doctor Stephane Dovert highlighted the special relationship between Saint Lucia and France.
He observed that most of the foreign embassies in the region are based in Barbados or Trinidad.
The French official noted that his country’s Embassy is one of the few in Castries.
“We have decided to keep it in Castries, to strengthen it in Castries because we really consider that there is a very very special relationship between Saint Lucia and France for obvious reasons,” Dovert said.
He stated that those reasons were not only historical, but also pertained to what Saint Lucia and France can achieve together in health, education and other fields.
He noted that French kweyol is used in Saint Lucia and Martinique.
“It generated a link,” the French official noted.