Hermangild Francis

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis has expressed concern that Saint Lucians who flout the law in Martinique and other countries are giving Saint Lucia a bad name.

“I am very concerned about that,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner told reporters Wednesday.

Francis described Martinique as ‘a special case’ because of its location.

“Persons go there by boat and I have said many times before that we know for a fact that some of the firearms that are coming into this Island originate in Martinique,” he stated.

Francis also recalled having spoken about a smuggling ‘triangle’ involving Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Martinique.

“A lot of Saint Lucians are in prison in Martinique and it is something we really have to address.”

The minister explained that he has spoken to the French authorities with whom he held a meeting last year.

He disclosed that another meeting is scheduled for this year in Saint Lucia.

“I am still working on going to Martinique to speak to the authorities to see how we can monitor the influence of Saint Lucians being in Martinique and bring  able to transport firearms back into Saint Lucia,” Francis told reporters.

He noted that previously, Saint Lucians were able to visit Martinique without any restrictions but currently there are certain requirements to be met.

“It has affected our relations with the French authorities,” Francis declared.

7 COMMENTS

  1. How is it poor people are taking a good trading relationship they have with Martinique and ruining it for themselves? Typical.

  2. What he should be concerned about is the poor image our not too bright and corrupt PM is creating for us world-wide.

  3. Hermangild, can you remember Michael David, Lady Joy etc.? You and i were not even born yet, when these motor vessels used to take people across the channel to Martinique; the traveling population was less important , so we had less people committing themselves in Martinique; Now the traveling public has grown over the years, and has become more troublesome, hence the reason why we are now hearing more about their bad and terrible ways, but governments come and go, and no one ever show any concern or interest of the unlawful things Saint Lucians dose in Martinique. I Believe that it is high time for our government to take sanctions against people who commit themselves in Martinique, you will not believe the things they go to Martinique and do; However, it is and old story, i don’t know how you are going to handle this situation. I Pray to God, that he give you the wisdom to do so, good luck!

  4. Stupid st.Lucians always doing dumb things, just now y’all won’t be able to travel anywhere in the world

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