The Minister of Overseas, Sébastien Lecornu, is "on the way to the West Indies" where he goes first to Guadeloupe then to Martinique, after "a notable return to calm" in the night from Saturday to Sunday, indicated his entourage. "The minister is currently on his way to the West Indies where he will deepen the exchanges on site" in recent days, explained a source from the ministry who did not wish to specify the time of arrival "for security reasons". "In the two territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe, a notable return to calm took place in the night from Saturday to Sunday thanks to the tireless work of the police", welcomed this source.

The West Indies have been facing significant violence for several days, after a call for a general strike to protest against the compulsory vaccination of caregivers.

But other claims, notably on the economic situation of the islands, were added as tensions grew.

On several occasions, live ammunition was fired in Guadeloupe and Martinique, targeting firefighters, police officers and journalists.

Continuation of "social dialogue"

Faced with this situation, Sébastien Lecornu provoked a lively controversy by asking "the question of the autonomy" of Guadeloupe. The right and the National Rally have castigated a "Republic which gives in and retreats in the face of violence", "less State" but also a posture to "try to buy the radical separatists". The elected officials of Guadeloupe had asked Saturday for the arrival of an interministerial delegation on the subject of "State powers" after the government put on the table the question of the autonomy of the island, shaken like its neighbor Martinique by a social explosion.

Before flying to the West Indies, Sébastien Lecornu praised "the method agreement signed last night between the State, the local elected representatives of Martinique and the inter-union which will allow the opening of discussions on the main issues of the territory [ health, fuel prices, youth, transport…] ”, underlines the Minister's entourage.

"Some of these themes concern the State, others more the local authorities: everyone will play their part", explains this source which took "note of the commitment of the intersyndicale to temporarily lift the roadblocks".

“Social dialogue for hospital staff and unvaccinated firefighters will continue,” adds this source.


Guadeloupe: Sébastien Lecornu provokes a controversy by evoking the autonomy of the island


Crisis in the West Indies: Police targeted by gunfire in Martinique and Guadeloupe

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