Although tension is still extreme in the West Indies, Tuesday was much more dialogue-oriented compared to Monday.

On the last day of his visit, the Minister of Overseas Territories, Sébastien Lecornu, was thus open to the application of the vaccination obligation, already postponed to December 31.

Arrived Monday evening in Martinique, second and last stage of a short stay intended to get out of the social crisis in the French West Indies, the minister met at the prefecture a delegation of 20 trade unionists and local elected officials, after similar discussions the day before in Guadeloupe came to an end.

In Pointe-à-Pitre, the minister had in fact judged that no discussion was possible as long as the unions did not condemn “attempted assassinations against police and gendarmes”.

Islands under curfew

In Fort-de-France, the outcome was different, the member of the government showing himself open to an "adaptation of the application of the law" of the vaccination obligation, which was initially to apply on November 15 in the West Indies . Born from the refusal of this vaccination obligation for caregivers and firefighters, the movement has spread to political and social demands, causing violence, looting and fires and reaching Martinique where the protest began on November 22. The two islands are placed under curfew.

"I do not see how on December 31, we will be able to accept the vaccination obligation as it is today", stressed Tuesday at the exit of the meeting Serge Letchimy, president of the executive council of Martinique, because "we do not 'will not reach a level that allows continuity of care'.

"The minister understood that our specificity must be taken into account in this question of compulsory vaccination", rejoiced Bertrand Cambusy, general secretary of the CSTM, union at the origin of the call for a general strike, who spoke as spokesperson for the intersyndicale.

Always roadblocks

Before the meeting, around 120 people had gathered in front of the prefecture, after a relatively calm night on the island.

Dams were erected, however, especially on the highway, cutting the island in two, and a postal processing center located in a district of Fort-de-France was vandalized, La Poste said.

In Guadeloupe, the town hall of Basse-Terre was the target of an outbreak of fire, which was quickly brought under control.

In Saint-Martin, another territory that has been facing a social movement for a few weeks, roadblocks again disrupted traffic on Tuesday after a three-week lull, and businesses were attacked.

In Paris, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reaffirmed the government's position of refusing to “debate with people” refusing to condemn violence against the police.


Incidents erupt in Guadeloupe after the visit of Minister Sébastien Lecornu


Sébastien Lecornu is in Martinique, after a not very fruitful dialogue in Guadeloupe

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