January 26, 2022

the government “ready to talk” about the “autonomy” of Guadeloupe, says Sébastien Lecornu

The government is ” ready “ talking about the autonomy of Guadeloupe, a territory affected by a violent crisis born of a refusal of the vaccination obligation of caregivers and firefighters before embracing social demands, said on Friday, November 26, the Minister of Foreign Affairs mer, Sébastien Lecornu.

In a televised address to Guadeloupe posted online Friday, the minister assures that he has “No taboos”, while the issue has been raised during meetings in recent days to try to resolve the crisis.

“Some elected officials have asked the question of autonomy, compared to its current status as an overseas department / region. According to them, Guadeloupe could better manage itself. They want less equality with France, more freedom of decision by local decision-makers. The government is ready to talk about it, there are no bad debates as long as these debates serve to solve the real problems of the daily life of Guadeloupeans. “

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Mr Lecornu also announced funding for « 1 000 jobs aided for young people, with specific support and training, in the non-profit sector, to support local authorities or social, sporting and environmental associations ”.

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In Guadeloupe, 34.5% of the population lives below the national poverty line, with a high unemployment rate (19% of the working population), especially among young people (35% in 2020, against a national average of 20 %).

In an attempt to calm the spirits and put an end to the violence, the government had earlier indicated that it was postponing until December 31 the implementation of the vaccination obligation for caregivers and firefighters in Guadeloupe as in Martinique, where the dispute spotted oil.

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In addition, the prefect of Guadeloupe “Decided to extend the curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. until Monday, November 29, 2021 at 5 a.m.”. Thursday, the prefect of Martinique had established a curfew “From 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. until calm is restored”.

The World with AFP