ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Élie Domota « Le bras armé de Sarkozy en Guadeloupe »
by Sébastien Crépel
Translated Tuesday 23 February 2010, by Henry Crapoand reviewed by
“It’s up to [French president] Nicolas Sarkozy and [Prime Minister] François Fillon to decide on the fate of Marie-Luce Penchard"
The Liyannaj Kont Pwofitasyon (LKP) (Collective Against Profiteering) spokesman on Guadeloupe, interviewed by Sébastien Crépel.
“It’s up to [French president] Nicolas Sarkozy and [Prime Minister] François Fillon to decide on the fate of Marie-Luce Penchard, since they are the ones who named her Overseas Minister. Her nomination was just a political coup on the part of the French president, to try and cajole us. For us, the question is not whether the minister is a native of Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion, Kanaky [New Caledonia], Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon or Languedoc-Roussillon [a region on the French mainland]. The only thing that is important to us is for the government to honor its commitments.”
“Now, whether it is on prices, youth training, or wages, they have not kept their word. Quite the contrary – Marie-Luce Penchard’s only decision has been to jack up the price of gasoline while not implementing the accords. For her to proclaim now that she is at the service of Guadeloupe is no proof of competency, but an electoral propaganda argument in the service of her own campaign and of the Sarkozy administration, whose enforcer she is on Guadeloupe. As a matter of fact, when she says that, the people of Guadeloupe have reason to worry, in view of her proven incapacity to act and her lack of understanding of the problems that confront the people of Guadeloupe.”