Pierre-Jean Samot, French Politician and Mayor of Le Lamentin, Passes Away

Pierre-Jean Samot was a former mason and building entrepreneur. He founded the “Building the Country Martinique” movement in 1998. He passed away on June 14, 2024, at his home in Le Lamentin.

Who Was Pierre-Jean Samot?

Born on August 21, 1934, Pierre-Jean Samot was a notable politician from Martinique. He served as the Mayor of Le Lamentin from 1989 to 2018. In the 2002 French legislative election, he was elected to the National Assembly from Martinique’s 3rd constituency. However, his election was invalidated by the Constitutional Council on February 27, 2003, and he was replaced by his substitute Philippe Edmond-Mariette.

Early Political Career

Pierre-Jean Samot’s political journey began at a young age. He joined the Martinique Communist Party in 1952, campaigning alongside influential figures like Pierre Zobda Quitman. Under the mentorship of Georges Gratiant, Samot learned the importance of social work, dialogue, and listening to the community. He served as a municipal councilor in Gratiant’s team, which helped shape his political ethos.

Rise to Prominence

Samot’s charisma and dedication did not go unnoticed by Georges Gratiant, who appointed him as his deputy from 1983 to 1989. His leadership abilities became evident when he was elected Mayor of Le Lamentin. His election as a general councilor in 1987 showcased his capacity for hard work and loyalty, earning him respect among Martinique voters.

Challenges and Triumphs

In 1995, Samot faced legal challenges when he was indicted for favoritism and influence peddling in the Lamentin town hall public procurement affair. Despite this setback, he won the municipal elections with nearly 85% of the votes, demonstrating his strong support base.

Founding “Building the Country Martinique”

In 1998, after disagreements with Georges Erichot, the general secretary of the Martinique Communist Party, Samot founded his own party, “Building the Country Martinique,” with a group of dissidents. His new party quickly gained traction, and he was re-elected mayor with 84% of the votes. He also made a significant impact in the regional elections by securing four seats and supporting Alfred Marie-Jeanne’s election as President of the Assembly.

Elected Deputy

On June 16, 2002, Samot became the deputy for Martinique’s 3rd constituency by defeating Camille Darsieres of the Martiniquais Progressive Party. Later, his election was canceled. Despite this, his influence remained strong. Deputy Philippe Edmond-Mariette then replaced him.

Legacy and Final Years

Pierre-Jean Samot continued to play a pivotal role in Martinican politics. In the 2004 regional elections, his list “Alliance for the Martinique Country” merged with that of Madeleine Degrandmaison of the PPM, leading to his re-election as a regional councilor. In 2008, at the age of 74, he was re-elected for a fourth term as mayor in the first round.


Pierre-Jean Samot will be remembered as a dedicated and influential leader in Martinican politics. His contributions to Martinique’s social and political scene, as well as his strong community commitment, have made a lasting impact.

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