France pays Swiss for G8 demos damage

25th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

GENEVA, June 24 (AFP) - France is to give Switzerland EUR 3 million (USD 3.7 million) in compensation for damages caused during violent protests against last year's Group of Eight summit on the France-Swiss border, the Swiss foreign ministry said on Thursday.

GENEVA, June 24 (AFP) - France is to give Switzerland EUR 3 million (USD 3.7 million) in compensation for damages caused during violent protests against last year's Group of Eight summit on the France-Swiss border, the Swiss foreign ministry said on Thursday.

The offer from Paris was set out in a letter from French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin to Swiss President Josef Deiss, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the promise of compensation was a good will gesture which France had not been legally obliged to make. It had simply been offered in acknowledgement of the cooperation between France and the Swiss national and regional authorities.

The EUR 3 million will be allocated to the Swiss cantons of Geneva and Vaud to compensate for damage caused in the cities of Geneva and Lausanne during violent demonstrations against the June 2003 G8 summit in the French lakeside resort of Evian.

Evian is on the French side of Lake Geneva, not far from the Swiss border.

The EUR 3 million offered by Paris is in addition to the EUR 12 million it had agreed, before June 2003, to contribute towards policing the G8 summit of the world's seven most powerful nations and Russia.

The damage caused during the demonstrations, mainly affecting shops in central Geneva, was estimated in September 2003 to be worth between SFR 5 million and SFR 6 million (between EUR 3.3 million and EUR 4 million).

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