French President Nicolas Sarkozy met his Brazilian counterpart this week to discuss illegal immigration in French Guiana. Thousands of Brazilians flock there every year to work illegally in the country's gold mines. (Report: N. Ransom)
As French President Nicolas Sarkozy heads to French Guiana on February 11 and 12,
Beyond French Guiana, across the river Oyapak, lies
For many Brazilians, crossing the river is as simple as crossing the road. But French immigration authorities on the other side share a different view.
The border town of
In September 2006,
French and Brazilian police services are reinforcing their cooperation to fight against illegal immigration.
Ironically, the two countries are also preparing for the opening of the first bridge linking French Guiana and
“It will be a bridge between south America and Europe, with all that that implies in terms of cooperation, police cooperation in particular, “ says Captain Robilliart
Claude Le Reun, who heads the project on the French side, thinks that the bridge will not affect normal traffic: “People can already come to Guyana from Brazil by boat. What the bridge will change is freight transport, which is very complicated at the moment. The bridge will make that a lot easier.”
Date created : 2008-02-11