Title: St Barth weekly
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Title: St Barth weekly
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Journal de Saint-Barth
Place of Publication: Saint Jean, Saint Barthelemy
Publication Date: March 20, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Volume ID: VID00111
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As small a French territorial
collectivity as Saint Pierre
and Miquelon in terms of
population size, Saint Barthelemy
plays a special role in the French
Republic, as the first municipality to
evolve into an Overseas Collectivity
(COM) given a certain autonomy in
terms of certain domains whose
jurisdiction has been transferred
(taxes, urban planning, environment,
energy, transportation...). The COM
also benefits from a special legisla-
tive status, which might not mean
much to a lot of people but is very
important in that it allows for the
exclusion or adaptation of many
national laws to meet local needs.
How often must this special status
be used? Why is Saint Barthelemy
represented in the French Parliament
by a single senator, yet is the only
French territorial collectivity (along
with Saint Martin) not represented
in the National Assembly? These are
the questions that increase the
importance of the mission set out by
Michel Magras, the COM's first
senator, and the first elected official
born in Saint Barth to hold a seat in
the hemicycle of the French senate.
At the end of the fist six months of
his term (Michel Magras was elect-
ed as senator on September 21,
2'.' i. The Journal de Saint Barth,
our French-language big brother,
joined the senator at the senate in
Paris for the debate on the laws cov-
ering the economic development of
the overseas territories. The perfect
occasion to get to know a little more
about this elected official who now
splits his time between Paris and his
native island of Saint Barth, where
he remains a vice president of the
territorial council.
Excerpts from the interview that
appeared in the Journal de Saint

Journal de Saint-Barth:As the
senator from Saint Barth, your
mission is to best defend the inter-

vlagras, A Local Official

irt of The French Republic
COM as defined by article 74 of the
Constitution. It also means not for-
getting or underestimating the fact
that there are many old laws which
are still in effect Saint Barthelemy,
as long as they have not be repealed
or modified, even in the areas whose
competence has been given to the

ests of the Collectivity. Yet you
define yourselfas an elected offi-
cial of the French Republic.
Michel Magras: I do not consider
that my role is limited just to the
interests of Saint Barthelemy. While
that is my primary mission-and I
am totally dedicated to my territo-
ry-as a senator I am also a senator
for the French Republic. As such,
my role comprises voting on laws
and exercising controls on the
actions of the parliament. We also
vote on the national budgets, and
can propose new laws.
Keeping an eye on the interests of
Saint Barthelemy, means keeping a
rigorous watch in order to protect
our special legislative status as a

Journal de Saint-Barth: Legislative
oversight, specific legislation, what
is the difference?
Michel Magras: Legislative over-
sight is the fundamental job of all
senators, yet it is reinforced by the
fact that the Collectivity is con-
trolled, in certain areas, by specific
legislation. This specificity applies
to all laws, future as well as those on
the books now.
This translates to an obligation to
examine each text on the agenda of
the senate in terms of our specific
legislation, and where necessary,
propose by amendments those modi-
fications better adapted to our situa-
tion. In other words, where specific
legislation is concerned, the rule is
that "the laws do not apply, with
exceptions," in opposition to the leg-
islative identity that states "the laws
do apply, with exceptions?"
Also, if a new law touches on the
responsibilities of the COM, it is for
me to say if we want that law to
apply to us or not. But if it concerns
a domain regulated by the federal
government, it is for me to be sire
that the project has taken into con-
sideration the interests of the Collec-
tivity, and if that is not the case, to
propose amendments to adapt it....
Legislative oversight is therefore a
permanent part of the job, and my
presence in Paris is justified at all

Journal de Saint Barth: In addition
to your role as a senator, you act as
a liaison between the Collectivity
and the government ministers. Can
St Barth Weekly n173


you explain what that
Michel Magras: In gener-
al, access to the ministers
is pretty much open to the
senators, at least for the
majority of them. That is
how I can create a junction
between the ministers and
the Collectivity.
The ministers are also
present during assemblies
where they are often part
of commissions or groups
that are examining specific
laws or then certain laws
they support are presented.
We often have lunch or
dinner with them, which
helps reinforce our person-
al relationships and access.
In addition, each minis-
ter's office has a staff
member whose job is to
interact with the parlia-
ment and they work on a
daily basis to create a liai-
son between the represen-
tatives and the ministers.
These contacts on various
levels represent a major
interest for the Collectivi-
ty: that which allows us to
explain our political posi-
tion to those who are the
decision makers.

Journal de Saint Barth:
The president ofthe Sen-
ate has said that you
fought "like the devil" to
get a deputy for Saint
Barth. And you seem to be
the only, or almost only,
person to still believe that
a seat for a deputy from
Saint Barthilemy is still
possible. Why this strong
conviction ?
Michel Magras: my
regret is not having been
able to convince Bernard
Accoyer, the president of
the National Assembly,
and especially Jean-Luc
Warsmann, the president
of the Laws for the
National Assembly to pro-

St Barth Weeldy n173

vide a deputy for Saint
Why do I remain con-
vinced we need a deputy?
First, a deputy is a link to
the National Assembly,
which in contrast to the
Senate, works on more
partisan positions. In the
National Assembly, we
could discuss the real hos-
tility in terms of Saint
Barth. I think there are
those on the right as well
as the left who are
opposed. But having an
elected deputy for Saint
Barthelemy would make
sure that what is done in
the Senate is not undone in
the National Assembly.
This is important as the
texts are often examined in
an urgent manner, that is to
say, with only one reading
in the Assembly...

Journal de Saint-Barth:
In concrete terms, what
can be done to obtain this
post for a deputy, and in
doing so, go against the
decision of the constitu-
tional council?
Michel Magras: The only
way to change the decision
of the constitutional coun-
cil is to modify the Consti-
tution! That is what I plan
to propose a constitutional
law that would guarantee
that every Overseas Col-
lectivity is represented by
a deputy and a senator. I
know it will take time, but
there will be revisions to
the text of the Constitution
in the years to come which
could allow for us to
obtain this representation
in the National Assembly.
I maintain the hope that
one day the Parliament
will see the need for a col-
lectivity to be represented
in both the Senate and the
National Assembly.


As of
March 19,
Overseas i
of State,
Yves Jego,
is making
his first
visit to the
French Antilles since the
end of the general strikes
on the islands of Guade-
loupe and Martinique. He
will make a stop in Saint
Barth on Saturday after
spending a day and a half
in Saint Martin, and will
then go on to visit Guade-
loupe and Martinique
before returning to Paris
on Tuesday.

In Saint Barth, he has a
busy schedule on Saturday
morning, including a visit
to La Ligne de Saint Barth,
a meeting with the gen-
darmes and with the popu-
lation, as well as a cham-
pagne t,:lst :il till Collectiv-
ity, where the National
Order of Merit will be pre-
sented to Jean-Pierre

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14th Annual St Barth Bucket:

Record Number of Boats On The Starting Line!
The 14th edition of the St my, the Port of Gustavia, and square sails (five per mast). In
Barth Bucket-which takes the Saint Barth Yacht Club, the addition to the Bucket "regu-
place March 26-29-promises Bucket Regattas are unique in lars" who race every year, this
to be a record-breaking year, the history of sailing as they year's newcomers include:
with the largest fleet to date are invitational events reserved Baracuda, Moonbird,
comprising 35 magnificent for the big boats, most of Shamoun, and Varsovie. Also
sailboats. But the large fleet is which measure over 100' in in the fleet is the new Perini
not the only big news for this length. Over the years, this pri- Navi 125' racing sloop, P2,
Caribbean sister regatta of the vate, exclusive regatta has con- which was designed by naval
Newport Bucket, which takes tinued to gain in popularity, not architect Philippe Briand and
place every year in July in only for the owners and skip- launched June 14, 2008. Built
Newport, Rhode Island: as of pers who come to race, but also for racing, with a hull con-
this year, the St Barth Bucket is the spectators who are lucky structed in Sealium, an alu-
affiliated with the French Sail- enough to watch the great minum alloy which provides
ing Federation (FFV), and show these boats put on as they greater mechanical strength
Melanie Smith, who served as sail around the island for three and improved corrosion char-
the local organizer for the race days. The "baby" of the fleet acteristics, while reducing
since its debut in Saint Barth is the 76' W-Class Wild Hors- weight, P2 combines comfort
has passed the torch to Wendy es, while the largest is the and speed.
Kronenberg, ofNautica FWI. famous Maltese Falcon, which In the next edition of The
She works with the US-based weighs in at289'. Aparticipant Weekly: Bucket Regatta
Bucket committee, led by in the 2007 Bucket, this yacht schedules, security precau-
Hank Halsted, Timothy Laugh- has gained celebrity status tions, special events on the
ridge, Ian Craddock. Organized around the world for its three dock, the best spots to watch
in close collaboration with the high-tech, rotating carbon-fiber the yachts, and the weekend
Collectivity of Saint Barthele- masts, which house the fifteen weather forecast.


Where to go dancing? See an art exhibit?
Listen to live music? Time Out keeps you up to date on local happenings. Let's party !

Special Events

SFinida\, Ilai li 2i
Happiness Par ty by Claude
Challe, the iconoclastic
lounge DJ at The Yacht

Live Music
I Every Evening
-Lounge mix by Jacques
Dumas, 7:30pm to lam
Bar't6, Hotel Guanahani
I March 2-21
Darian Cunning Quartet,
Indie, soul, Alternative
from 9pm to midnight,
Bet'A Z'ailes, Gustavia
I Friday March 20
- PapaGuyo & Charlee
Marlee LIVE reggae'pOp
from 8pm at La Mandala,
I Saturday March 21
- Live Music with PapaGuyo
& Charlee Marlee, from 7pm
at Caviar Island, Gustavia
- Live music with DJ Patris
Gero, La Mandala, Gustavia
I Sunday March 22
- PapaGuyo & Charlee
Marlee "Reggae Pop" from
1pm at D6 Brazil, Gustavia
- Ibiza Sunset Cocktail by
Patris Gero from 4pm
at D6 Brazil, Gustavia
I Monday March 23
- PapaGuyo & Charlee
Marlee "Reggae Pop" from
1pm at Le C6sar, St Jean

Night Club
-Yacht Club, Gustavia
-Eleven 12, Gustavia
-The Strand Supper club
-Hot Spot Caf6, Lurin

Let's Party
-New suggestions every
nights: Fashion show & dance
show at le Ti St Barth, Pointe
I Friday March 20
- M&M Evening: DJ Maxx
(Nikki Beach St Barth) & DJ
Mick of "Z" at the Strand
Supper Club, Gustavia

- C-Will & Wise from New
York City, New Vibe Musik
at Hot Spot Caf6, Lurin
I Saturday, March 21
- C-Will & Wise from New
York City, New Vibe Musik
at Hot Spot Caf6, Lurin
- Saturday Night Fever at
The Strand, Supper Club
- Love Music for a lovely
night at Yacht Club, Gustavia
) Sunday, March 22
- Djoul from St Barth at The
Strand Supper Club
I Monday March 23
- Disco Night avec Fabien
Kouffach, at Yacht Club,
I Wednesday March 25
- Bling Bling (R&B Deluxe)
Old Skol meet the future at
the Strand Supper Club
- Bad girls with DJ Piro at
Eleven 12, Gustavia
I Thursday, March 26
- Overkitch 70-80-90 (compli-
mentary Champagne for
ladies till 1pm) at
the Strand Supper Club
- Latino rhythm with DJ
Nando at Hot Spot Caf6,

Fashion Show
I Every Tuesday
- 6:30pm: Fashion show by the
pool, from the boutique at the
Isle de France, Flamands
- 9:30 pm, Fashion Show &
Dance Show at Ti St Barth, I
-1:30- 2 pm, Case de l'ile,
Isle de France, Flamands
- 1.30pm & 8:30pm, fashion
show featuring Wild Side,
La Plage, St Jean
- Fashion show at le Ti St
Barth, Pointe Milou
- 1:00pm Fashion show at Le
Tamarin, Saline

SMarch 12- March 19
Karen Petit at la Porta 34,
I Through March 25
Catherine Feric at Carole G.
Art Gallery, Gustavia.
I Permanent exhibits
- Works by Cyrille Margarit
at Nikki Beach, St Jean

PliotoiapliI\ b\ \\oltfiVlig
Luides at Clic Bookstoi
I and Gallery, Rue de la
Republiqiue in Gustavia.
Re~rptions for the artist will
be lieid on Friday March 27
1 at 8pm.

* Paintings by Suzanne Mac
Nally, Les Artisans, Gustavia
* Sculptures by Timothy
Holmes, Comptoir du Cigare,
* Acrylic paintings at
Sandra's Art Gallery,
* Alain le Chatelier, Les
Artisans, Gustavia
* Rose Murray, Comptoir du
Cigare, Gustavia
* Group show at Pipiri
Palace, Gustavia
* Zaza Noah at Bar't6
Restaurant, Guanahani Hotel
Grand Cul de Sac

) Artists' collecting
-Pompi, Petit Cul de Sac
- Didier Spidler, Gustavia
-Hannah Moser, Cul de Sac
-Mitchell Summer, Toiny
) Art Galleres
-To-b.art galerie, Gustavia
-Sandra's Art Gallery,
-Pipiri Boutique, Art Gallery,
-Spindler Art Gallery,
-Clic Gallery, Gustavia
Until March 26, 2009
Dominique Rousserie sur-
prises us once again with
the exhibition "BarCodes".
In the tradition of natural-
ists who detail rigorously
the plant, Rousserie has
painted a long series of
plants. Today, it is the tech-
nique of BarCodes that
interests the artist.

Michel and his staff are
happy to welcome you to their
pool-side restaurant for lunch & dinner.
Lobsters Fresh From The Tank
100 gfor 6 euros

St Barth Weeldy n0173

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Exceptional and originalproducl
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Organic product coming
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Parties, events and
Wedding organisation.
Til. : 0690 30o 249
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Experts in Fine & R re wines
A Wine shop In Grand Fond
A Large selection offine &
Rare Wines..
Order online before your arriving
A Free Drop offservice
of your wines to your villa or yacht.
Private tasting parties
arranged in the privacy of
your villa or aboard your yacht.
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meters of land with building
permit for a villa with swim-
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only, no brokers.

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