Tag: French Republic

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 […]

Cops Face Gunfire As Lawless Anti-Vaxxers Take To The Streets In Guadeloupe

BASSE-TERRE — One police officer was injured and police faced gunfire during a night of civil unrest over COVID-19 restrictions in Guadeloupe, a French overseas territory in the Caribbean, the island’s local authority said on Friday. Shops were vandalized and there were attempted robberies during the unrest, focused on Guadeloupe’s largest urban center, Pointe-a-Pitre, the […]

Rabid Anti-Vaxxers Throw Rocks At Police In Latest COVID Unrest On Guadeloupe

BASSE-TERRE — Protesters attacked police with stones in the early hours of Monday as police moved in to clear out some blockades on Guadeloupe, the authority on the French Caribbean island said, amid ongoing protests against COVID-19 protocols. The Guadeloupe authority said police had been attacked at the Riviere-des-Peres part of the island as they […]

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 […]

Coast Guard Rescues 3 Dutch And 1 French Boater Adrift for Three Days Near BVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Saint Thomas — U.S. Coast Guard crews and British Virgin Islands authorities rescued four men from a disabled vessel that was adrift for three days near the British Virgin Islands. Rescued are a French and three Dutch nationals, who were traveling aboard the 30-foot recreational vessel Water Baby Sunday morning from Anguilla, British […]

Dozens Of Violent Anti-Vax Supporters Attack Guadeloupe Hospital Staff

BASSE-TERRE — Dozens of anti-vaccination protesters in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe attacked a hospital director and other medical staff following recent violent demonstrations against vaccines and COVID-19 restrictions, officials said Wednesday. The attack occurred Tuesday outside the University Hospital Center as police tried to escort the director and other staff elsewhere for safety. […]

Haitian Prime Minister Survives Weekend Assassination Attempt – PM’s Office

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Gunmen unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry during an event on Saturday commemorating the Caribbean country’s independence, his office said in a statement. Henry’s office said this week that “bandits and terrorists” had tried to shoot the prime minister at a church in the northern city of Gonaives where the […]

Anti-Vaxxers Knock Over Christmas Tree In Zest To Storm Guadeloupe’s Legislature

BASSE-TERRE — Protesters angry over virus and vaccine rules occupied Guadeloupe’s regional legislature because of stalled negotiations over their grievances about the management of the French Caribbean island. Regional Council President Ary Chalus agreed to a meeting with some of the protesters’ representatives, the council tweeted after Thursday’s incursion. Officials in Guadeloupe and Paris denounced […]

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 […]