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France to give €1 billion for French Guiana

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Protesters withdrew from the rocket-launching space centre in French Guiana as the French government approved a one-billion-euro emergency package to quell a wave of strikes.

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The sum offered by France is below the €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion) that unions have demanded to address what they say is decades of under-investment in the French territory in South America.

Several hours earlier, protesters including several local lawmakers said they were ending their symbolic occupation of the space centre in Kourou from where France launches European-funded Ariane rockets carrying satellites.

"We wanted to show that we can take control of every part of Guiana, even strategic locations. This was a show of force," spokesman Manuel Jean-Baptiste said.

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