Sarkozy in Haiti: More Aid, and a 'First' for France

French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged 100 million euros (USD136 million) for reconstruction projects in post-earthquake Haiti. The new aid brings France’s total contribution to the international relief efforts in Haiti to 320 million euros, CNN reports.

Sarkozy is in Haiti to support international aid efforts and personally assess the damage caused by the massive earthquake that hit the country Jan. 12. Sarkozy, who visited a French field hospital and flew in a helicopter over the earthquake site, is the first French president to visit the former French colony. He assured Haitians of France’s continued financial support for earthquake recovery and reconstruction efforts being put together by the international community.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.