Législatives: Inès Bouchaut-Choisy has set herself 5 working axes

Candidate in the legislative elections, Inès Bouchaut-Choisy presented her program at a press conference in Marigot.

After being a deputy to Guillaume Arnell in 2012, Inès Bouchaut-Choisy is a candidate for the deputation invested by La République en Marche (LRM). Since then, Inès Bouchaut-Choisy has evolved and feels "ready to and able to represent the two islands" within the National Assembly. She relies in particular on her career within the CESE, the economic, social and environmental council in which she was the president of the overseas group. "I was in charge of several studies on sustainable development. I auditioned several members of ministries”, she said Friday evening at a press conference in Marigot.

Inès Bouchaut-Choisy is also director of the territorial tourism committee of Saint-Barthélemy - where she lives. But she does not want her place of residence to be a handicap. "I spent my childhood in Saint-Martin. I am a Sainte-Martinoise who succeeded in Saint-Barthélemy", she insists. "I worked here in Saint-Martin, I had a consulting firm and I helped companies", she adds. Before stressing that she has a great asset in Saint-Martin: Aline Choisy, her cousin.

Sitting beside her at the press conference, Aline Choisy explained that "the entire family is mobilized to support her. Inès is the best candidate, she has one foot in Saint-Martin and one foot in Saint-Barthélemy". And to entrust: "I believe in destiny."

From a political point of view, Inès Bouchaut-Choisy, who has chosen Alain Gros-Desormeaux as her deputy, intends to "work with the presidents of the two communities", even though they are LR (Les Républicains). "But as the newly formed government shows, this is an open government," commented Max Dubois, overseas national coordinator for La République en Marche, traveling to the West Indies-Guyana to organize the election campaign. She warns local voters: "Be careful, do not put all your eggs in the same basket."

If elected as a Member of Parliament, Inès Bouchaut-Choisy, has set six major areas of work modeled on the LRM program. Her first axis will be to promote education and training. She wants Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy to implement the proposition of Emmanuel Macron to reduce the number of pupils per class in CP and CE1 to twelve. She will also defend the setting up of the RSMA in Saint-Martin and the construction of a 2nd Ecole de 2e chance.

"My second work axis will be to ensure safety for the population," she says. In this area, she wants to ensure that the police and gendarmerie workforce will be strengthened and will continue to work - committed by the parliamentarians - to build a prison unit in Saint-Martin.

Her third axis will be to "strengthen the tourist offering" and increase promotion of the overseas territories. On the subject of culture - the fourth axis -, she wants to create "a "scène nationale" - a label given by the Ministry of culture to French public theaters -.

Her fifth priority will be to establish a "true state administration" with decentralized services. And she then gives the examples of the establishment of a territorial health agency in the northern islands and of a "vice-rectorate" (education authority). On this last point, the candidate will also continue the work undertaken by the current deputy.

Her final focus will be on "engaging in sustainable development" and implementing measures related to energy transition.

"These are priorities that I have defined. We will have to evaluate them and engage in discussions with the government to see how we can make them happen", Inès Bouchaut-Choisy said.

Inès Bouchaut-Choisy also announced that the President of the Republic will organize conferences for the overseas territories and has invited all the socio-professional actors and other citizens to participate.


Estelle Gasnet