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Abust of Charles Eu­gene de la Croix, Mar­quis de Cas­tries, that was re­lo­cated from the Con­sti­tu­tion Park in 2014 to make way for the Sir John Comp­ton Mon­u­ment was un­veiled in Ge­orge V Park, Cas­tries, on Tues­day, April 7, 2015.

Dur­ing the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony t-he French Am­bas­sador to the OECS, H.E. Eric de La Mous­saye ex­pressed his plea­sure at the choice of place­ment and the lon­glast­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the Gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of France and Saint Lu­cia. “The choice of this spot is very sym­bolic: France, by choos­ing this spot and Saint Lu­cia by agree­ing to it, shows once again that our friend­ship is alive and well. The his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments and stat­ues of great men of his­tory, such as the one we cel­e­brate to­day, ex­ist as tes­ta­ment to this friend­ship,” Mous­saye said.

The Am­bas­sador also spoke of the sig­nif­i­cance of the bust and the in­volve­ment of the Mar­quis of Cas­tries in shap­ing the friend­ship be­tween France and Saint Lu­cia.

“When Charles Eu­gene de La Croix ar­rived in the Caribbean for the first time in 1756, he was part of the ex­pe­di­tionary corps which the French had sent into the re­gion to con­test con­trol of the An­tilles by the English. As ad­mi­ral and com­man­der, he very quickly un­der­stood Saint Lu­cia, with its cen­tral po­si­tion, its rich land and its ex­cep­tion­ally safe and deep habour was of sig­nif­i­cant im­por­tance. From then on, he did ev­ery­thing to en­sure it re­mained a French ter­ri­tory,” he said.

In his re­marks at the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony, Prime Min­is­ter, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony spoke of the “long-knit­ted re­la­tion­ship” be­tween France and Saint Lu­cia and the sig­nif­i­cance of the bust. Ac­cord­ing to Dr. An­thony, “To­day’s cer­e­mony is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of an­other one of many threads in the long-knit­ted re­la­tion­ship be­tween Saint Lu­cia and France.

“Un­de­ni­ably, France has been the na­tion most heav­ily in­volved in the early set­tle­ment and for­ma­tion of Saint Lu­cia; for while the Bri­tish were about cap­i­tal­is­ing Saint Lu­cia’s mil­i­tary value for their eigh­teenth and nine­teenth cen­tury strat­a­gems, the French were keen on es­tab­lish­ing set­tle­ments and es­tates, build­ing roads and rais­ing fam­i­lies and con­struct­ing a so­ci­ety in their colo­nial im­age.

“And thus, the names of most of our set­tle­ments are in­flu­enced by the no­tions of th­ese early French set­tlers and in­hab­i­tants.”

The cer­e­mony, which was jointly hosted by the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia and the Em­bassy of France to the OECS, was at­tended by Her Ex­cel­lency, the Gover­nor Gen­eral of Saint Lu­cia and other dig­ni­taries.

Prime Min­is­ter Kenny An­thony, Shirley Lewis, Mayor of Cas­tries, Gover­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy, and the French Am­bas­sador to Saint Lu­cia Eric de La

Mous­saye, were among those in at­ten­dance.

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