Matthieu Bock with Julien Holtzer 11:37 am, November 26, 2021

The situation remains tense in the French Antilles.

The evening was again marked by clashes between demonstrators and the police in Guadeloupe.

Opponents of the sanitary pass did not disarm and occupied several roadblocks.

After another evening of clashes in Martinique, the prefect has just instituted a curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

For the moment, no release date is envisaged.

It will be lifted when the authorities consider that social peace has returned.


The prefect of Martinique decided on Thursday to establish a curfew in the face of nighttime urban violence in the island, which, like its neighbor Guadeloupe, is experiencing a protest movement, born of a refusal of the compulsory vaccination of caregivers but which degenerated into a social crisis. After another night of tensions, the correspondent on the spot of Europe 1 went to meet the insurgents.

With his two hands, Loïc lifts the metal beam which acts as a barrier placed on two carcasses of charred cars.

This hooded man lets a few vehicles drop by drop on this strategic roundabout which connects the north and the south of the island.

"It's been two weeks that I haven't worked, that I can't go to work," he said angrily, before adding: "I can't imagine that there are other people who can to go to work".

Despite the paradox of his gesture, he considers it fair.

"We fight for them, it is for a good cause that we do it, it is for everyone and it is not even for us but for our children"

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Stalled negotiations

This is a point in common between all these strikers.

They all spontaneously talk about their children, like Christelle, who has been sleeping here for four days and who expresses her dismay at the microphone of Europe 1. "Me, what saddens me is that in 2009, I was already there . We are in 2021. My 20-year-old son finds himself on the same roundabout making a claim and I tell myself we have a problem. Maybe in 2030, they will still be his children. " 


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Yann also evokes his son.

He knows he will have to leave the island one day.

"We have no choice. There, we have to see if my son will leave for Canada to continue living. Eventually, buy a house. Here, it is not possible," he says. disillusioned.

Guadeloupe estimates that nearly half of young people leave the island after the baccalaureate and that three quarters never return.

For the moment, the negotiations are at a standstill.

The inter-union indicates having "slammed the door" of the meeting with government representatives and local authorities.