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Overseas Minister Sébastien Lecornu addresses the press upon his arrival in Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe on August 10, 2021. (Illustration) AFP - CEDRICK ISHAM CALVADOS

By: Frédéric Couteau Follow

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A " 

multiple crisis

 " in the West Indies is the great title of



Indeed, the anger movement born in Guadeloupe after the establishment of the health pass is only the tip of an iceberg of social and political demands.

The crisis is health but also social, with an unemployment rate of around 35%, structural, economic and identity.

It is in this burning context that the Minister of Overseas, Sébastien Lecornu, arrived yesterday, Sunday, in Guadeloupe.

The sanitaro-social cocktail is sufficiently hot boiling

, point



for the Minister of Agriculture to announce, while his colleague from the Overseas, crossed the Atlantic, that 'prostate cancer linked to the 'use of chlordecone would be recognized as an occupational disease before the end of the year'.

A measure that apparently has nothing to do with the current crisis.

Except that if

, exclaims the newspaper,

so much the scandal of chlordecone, this fertilizer long used on the spot whereas it was prohibited for ages in metropolitan France, undermined the confidence placed in the State by the population.

Distrust that arose when it came to applying vaccination recommendations to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. 


So, “

 We will see what other 'ripe' measures Sébastien Lecornu

brings in his luggage.

But the dominant impression before his trip was rather improvised, 



"It will not be enough ..."

The Latest News from Alsace

details these famous measures for us… “ 

Beyond the punchline on possible autonomy, more intended to place local actors in front of their responsibilities than to open a real debate, Sébastien Lecornu will first of all confirm the exemption period for vaccination for caregivers and firefighters.

What to appease the spirits at first without giving in on the merits.

It will then launch a program of a thousand assisted jobs, in order to offer some prospects to a youth in great suffering, undermined by unemployment.


that will not be enough

, estimates the Alsatian daily newspaper,

and the government knows it well



Poker shot

Le Figaro

speaks of a “ 

poker game 

”: “ 

by offering more autonomy, the government is no doubt seeking (indeed) to set a trap for local elected officials, to place them in front of their responsibilities. With the risk, however, that it will close in on him: the operation would require the same transfers of money, if not more, would not put an end to the protests against the State and would open the door to all trafficking.


Remains, continues

Le Figaro

that “

 the reality is that Guadeloupe, like Martinique, lives on a drip of aid from the metropolis.

In this administered economy, unemployment is high, the cost of living too, and local productions are almost non-existent.

The West Indies want to be treated on an equal footing with the other French departments, but keep asking for favors and exemptions.

Always more… 

Omicron: the necessary solidarity!

Also on the front page, the omicron variant… This new form of coronavirus is in France… “ 

No confirmation for the time being, but several suspected cases,


Le Parisien. Yesterday, 8 possible cases of the Omicron variant were detected in the territory. This is reported by the Directorate General of Health, without providing more information about these cases.


So, "

 thinking they were safe from a rebound in the epidemic thanks to vaccines, Western countries had let their guard down,


Le Midi Libre, and believed a little too quickly that the nasty virus would not survive the winter .

An error that could cost us dearly.

This health butterfly effect and the supersonic displacement of omicron remind us that solidarity will be the key word to overcome the pandemic.

We had already forgotten about it.


"Criminal monstrosity"



denounces "

 the egoism of the powerful

 ": "

 the coronavirus mutates in a massive way in areas without vaccination coverage, undoubtedly in immunocompromised patients. Conclusion: as long as we do not massively vaccinate the entire world population, no one will be safe, anywhere. The selfishness and the blindness of the powerful lead us to the abyss,

again denounces

L'Humanité. Soon two years will have passed and the non-lifting of vaccine patents is revealed for what it is: a criminal monstrosity! Only 7% of Africa is protected. And the poor populations of the planet, subjected to the epidemic rebounds of the West, await the 'alms' of the rich countries (…). 



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