Overseas Minister Sébastien Lecornu is due to meet with the inter-union in Guadeloupe on Monday, shaken by a violent social crisis like neighboring Martinique where he must continue his mission on Tuesday.

Like the previous one, the night from Sunday to Monday was however calmer in the two Caribbean islands 120 kilometers away. Only a "small clash" was to be deplored in Guadeloupe, according to a police source.

"A State which dialogues"

Born from the refusal of the vaccination obligation for caregivers and firefighters, the movement has spread to political and social demands, in particular against the high cost of living, in these French islands with a high rate of unemployment, in particular among young people. Sébastien Lecornu, who arrived in Guadeloupe on Sunday, said during an address to the media in Baie-Mahault, without answering questions, that he would meet Monday morning at the sub-prefecture of Pointe-à-Pitre "a dozen people" from the inter-union, “to discuss health claims”.

He reiterated that the vaccine obligation, postponed to December 31, would not be lifted, because "the laws of the Republic are intended to apply" in the French Antilles. "I did not come here to embody a weak State, but (I came to embody) also obviously a State which dialogues" added Sébastien Lecornu. According to Max Evariste, of the FO union, the inter-union "cannot imagine that there will be decisions taken (during the visit), since it only comes for one day".

The inter-union wants "all" of the organizations to participate in the meeting and calls for "real negotiations", the "reintegration of suspended people" with all their rights, but also the "release of all those who have been convicted" afterwards. violence.

This latest request has "more than shocked" the Minister of Overseas Territories, who repeated that staff reluctant to vaccination would be accompanied to "create the conditions for their professional mobility".

These negotiations are due to start on Monday.

Autonomy under debate

Sébastien Lecornu is also due to meet Monday in Guadeloupe with "local elected officials and economic players," said the ministry, as the next day in Martinique where he will also meet the intersyndicale. The latter, the state and local elected officials signed an "method agreement" to try to get out of the crisis, the prefecture said in a statement. Seven themes (health, youth, cost of living including fuel and gas prices, transport, chlordeconomics, fishing, culture), corresponding to the major issues, will be the subject of discussions from Monday.

"The conditions for implementing the vaccination obligation" will be discussed in particular, specifies the prefecture of Martinique.

In metropolitan France, the oppositions, especially on the right, continue to castigate the new position of the government, "ready", according to Sébastien Lecornu Friday, to raise the question of more autonomy for Guadeloupe.

"It is the unity of the country which is in question", protested Monday Michel Barnier, candidate for the LR nomination for the presidential election.

"It's amateurism, a diversion," added his rival Xavier Bertrand for whom the government is "ready to let France dismantle" by "releasing Guadeloupe today".

"A way to entertain the debate"

For the environmental candidate Yannick Jadot, it is also "a way of entertaining the debate" while "the urgency, there, is to do something social, to invest in public services in particular, the hospital, the CHU ... ”. The debate on autonomy is "obviously not the debate on independence", proclaimed the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, citing the example of French Polynesia with reinforced autonomy since 1996.

For Gérald Darmanin, it is “the elected officials of Guadeloupe who asked for this debate on autonomy.

We cannot at the same time say the government does not listen to the elected representatives and when it listens to them say "it listens too much to the elected representatives" ”.

In a press release, elected Guadeloupe officials considered that the "current priority" was "the way out of the crisis" and that "the local domiciliation of decision-making power (was) a question that (should) be addressed in due time".


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