Elected officials abroad are received by the President at the Élysée Palace

“We need to hear the social difficulties expressed in the territories abroad and not get the wrong discussion”introducing Estelle Youssouffa, MP for Mayotte. CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP

The institutional, economic and social issues related to these territories will be discussed at a working dinner on Wednesday 7 September.

Departments and regions abroad, considered despite themselves as the forgotten by the Republic», determined to make themselves heard in this new five-year term. This Wednesday, September 7, 57 elected officials abroad were invited to a working dinner with Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée. “The president will encourage a dialogue that will continue to arrive at concrete solutions”we explained to the Palace, before this official meeting.

This exchange comes from a public letter, “The call from Fort-de-France”, signed in May 2022 by the presidents of the six overseas territories. These elected officials asked “a profound change in the state’s foreign policy”. A call that the president responded to in this period of exchange, where the institutional, economic and social issues related to these territories. “The Head of State shows listening and openness”, we say at the Elysée. But no exact measurements have been revealed yet, despite the stated purpose of the building “concrete, quick and pragmatic solutions people can understand”.

“Happy initiative”outlined the deputy LR of Mayotte Mansour Kamardine, who hopes for concrete actions on the part of the head of state. “We are not expecting a miracledetermines while the LREM deputy of Guadeloupe Olivier Serva. A meeting of two hours around a dinner, it does not give much, but it is a first stone that calls others.

Above all, this meeting should encourage a dialogue. During this meeting, elected officials and prefects abroad were present, in addition to the Head of State, Élisabeth Borne, Gérald Darmanin and the Minister Delegate in charge of Overseas Territories, Jean-François Carenco . “The idea is to listen to them, hold a working meeting to establish views vis-à-vis the claims of each of the territories and to discuss the orientations of the President of the Republic on the subject”we said to the Ministry of Overseas.

“Enforce notifications”

Because overseas territories have different problems but face many difficulties. In Guadeloupe, access to water is an important topic, specified Olivier Serva, as well as the reintegration of nursing staff who have not been vaccinated. The Mayotte archipelago was the scene of heavy violence this summer, which led Gérald Darmanin to go there and urgently deploy a squadron of mobile gendarmes. “This visit was accompanied by important announcements to bring order to Mayotte. This is a good start, but we are now waiting for the implementation of these announcements., referring to Estelle Youssouffa, MP for the archipelago. Before the president’s exchange, the elected official believed that “The subjects are on the table and must be decided at the Élysée”.

For this parliamentarian, “We need to hear the social difficulties expressed in the territories abroad”and “don’t get the wrong discussion”. By choosing to move forward “concrete issues”As “The violence we suffer, the difficulties of access to health and the absence of running water in some territories”, instead of addressing institutional issues, which were highlighted in the Fort-de-France appeal. that “It should not be used as an excuse for neglecting our social rights”. An observation shared by Mansour Kamardine, for whom this statement is made “out of step with the local concerns of the Mahorais”.

This Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron has many elected officials at his table, listening and watching his positions. “Like Saint Thomas, we wait to believe”announcement by Estelle Youssouffa. “This is the last time”predicted by Mansour Kamardin.

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