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France: Members of the police targeted by gunfire in Guadeloupe and Martinique

AA / Paris / Ümit Dönmez

Members of the police and firefighters were the target of several firearms and projectile throws in Guadeloupe and Martinique on the night of Monday to Tuesday, without causing injuries, according to Public Security French cited Tuesday by the media.

The incidents occurred when firefighters had been deployed to extinguish trash fires on public roads, especially in Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique, according to security sources.

While the demonstrations take on the appearance of an insurgency against the vaccine obligation and the high cost of living in the neighboring islands of Guadeloupe, “snail” operations and roadblocks block the main roads of Martinique on Tuesday, following the coordinated call launched by 17 unions on Monday, against compulsory anti-covid-19 vaccination and for higher wages and social minimums. The French press reported more than a thousand demonstrators in Martinique.

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, questioned Tuesday morning by the public radio “France Inter”, declared that “the situation [en Martinique] is not at all the same [qu’en Guadeloupe]. There are no barricades, or violence, “he told journalist Léa Salamé, reminding him that a call for a general strike had also been launched by the Martinican unions.

Not wanting to dwell on the security situation in Martinique, Gérald Darmanin reported “more than 90 arrests, more than 60 police custody and immediate appearances yesterday. [lundi]” in Guadeloupe.

The Minister of the Interior also recalled that France had reinforced security measures in the two overseas territories located in the Caribbean, in particular through the sending of “60 members of the GIGN” to Guadeloupe as well as of 200 police officers.

– A difficult economic and social situation

Guadeloupe and Martinique suffer from much higher rates of poverty and unemployment than in mainland France. The gross domestic product per capita is around 24,000 euros for Martinique and 22,000 euros for Guadeloupe, against around 36,000 euros for the metropolis.

The unemployment rate is over 19% in Guadeloupe and 15% in Martinique, while it is around 9% in France.

In the two French overseas territorial communities, more than 30% of the population lives below the poverty line while this figure is 14% in metropolitan France.

Martinique and Guadeloupe are among the three most disadvantaged regions in France in terms of medical infrastructure endowment, just after Guyana, another French overseas territory.

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