Tag: French Collectivity of Martinique

Martinique’s Nightly Curfew Gets Pushed Back 2 Hours As Some COVID Restrictions Are Relaxed

FORT-DE-FRANCE — Health protocols to protect against the coronavirus virus are loosening a little in Martinique.  The curfew that began in July in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic will be pushed back two hours starting Friday. It will now start at 10 p.m. instead of 8 p.m., the prefecture announced on Tuesday. Since December 8, night traffic restrictions were […]

Martinique Court Dismisses Slavery Reparations Lawsuit

FORT-DE-FRANCE — An appeals court in the French Caribbean island of Martinique on Tuesday dismissed a request from groups seeking slavery reparations in a blow to efforts that began more than 15 years ago. The court provided several reasons for its ruling, noting there’s a statute of limitations for those crimes and that a French […]

France Sends More Police, SWAT Team, Extends Curfew In Caribbean Territory

PARIS — The French government will send police reinforcements, including an elite SWAT team, and extend a curfew in the French island of Guadeloupe after two weeks of unrest, the overseas territories minister said on Monday. Police have been shot at and stores looted in protests against plans to make vaccination for health workers compulsory, […]

French Interior Minister Heads To Caribbean Territories to Defuse Tensions

PARIS — France’s minister for overseas territories will hold crisis talks on its Caribbean islands starting today, an official said, as the government looks to defuse tensions after more than a week of unrest stemming from its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic there. “I don’t think we will return to Paris necessarily having resolved the […]

France Caves To Violent Protests In Martinique, Guadeloupe Over COVID Rules

PARIS — France has postponed a mandatory coronavirus vaccination requirement for health workers in Guadeloupe and Martinique, after the measure spurred several days of widespread protests and unrest in the French Caribbean territories. In a statement today, the French health ministry said the implementation of the vaccination requirement – also in place in mainland France – would […]

France Says Several Police Injured During Unrest in Martinique and Guadeloupe

BASSE-TERRE — French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said today that several members of the police force had been injured as a result of civil unrest during protests against COVID-19 protocols on France’s Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. “In Guadeloupe and Martinique, our security forces as well as journalists have been the target of attacks […]

France’s Martinique Territory Imposes Curfew After Looting, Lawlessness

FORT-DE-FRANCE — Authorities on the Caribbean island of Martinique ordered a curfew on Thursday after protesters looted shops and set up burning barricades as demonstrations against COVID-19 protocols spread across France’s overseas’ territories. Martinique and neighboring Guadeloupe have been hit by violent unrest over the last week after the government imposed tougher measures to curb […]

Gunshots Fired At Police In France’s Martinique, Guadeloupe Still Tense

FORT-DE-FRANCE — Gunshots were fired overnight at police in Martinique for the second night running, French media reported today, in a sign that unrest triggered by COVID-19 restrictions that has also rocked the nearby island of Guadeloupe. BFM TV, quoting police forces, reported that shootings lasted for several hours and noted the situation was still […]

France Needs Volunteers To Help Battle COVID-19 In Its Caribbean Territories

FORT-DE-FRANCE — France’s health minister on Sunday appealed for volunteer doctors and nurses to travel to the overseas territories of Guadalupe and Martinique as a wave of COVID-19 infections overwhelms hospitals on the two Caribbean islands. Health Minister Olivier Veran said the first medical staff would fly out on Tuesday, as health authorities race to […]

United States and France Demonstrate Military Cooperation In The Caribbean

FORT-DE-FRANCE — The Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11) executed a bilateral maritime exercise with the French Navy off the coast of Martinique while operating in the Caribbean Sea on Wednesday. Sioux City with her embarked MH-60S Seahawk attached to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, Detachment 3, and […]