CAYENNE - Motorists can since Saturday for the first time via a bridge from South America entering the European Union. There is a 378 meter long bridge opened border between Brazil and French Guiana, which is part of France and the EU it.
The arrival of the connection between the countries has had the necessary feet into the earth. The nearly 21 million-dollar bridge over the Oiapoque river was completed in 2011, but by bureaucratic and practical obstacles to the opening left for years in coming.
The plans for the construction of bridge came about twenty years ago created under the then French President Jacques Chirac and his Brazilian counterpart Fernando Henrique Cardoso. They saw opportunities for companies from both countries.
The wrangling over the opening of the bridge, however, led mainly derision in recent years. The New York Times concluded in 2015 that the bridge, intended as a symbol of international cooperation, in particular had become a symbol of the inability of the two countries to work together.