Matthieu Bock (special correspondent in Pointe-à-Pitre), edited by Solène Leroux
9:34 p.m., November 28, 2021, modified at
9:34 p.m., November 28, 2021
The Minister of Overseas Territories is about to arrive in the Antilles. Sébastien Lecornu goes first to Guadeloupe, before going to Martinique tomorrow. A long-awaited visit: his presence was requested while the islands have been shaken in recent days by a social explosion caused by the compulsory vaccination.
Sébastien Lecornu was long awaited here. The minister, who addressed the issue of the autonomy of the two departments, will be in the West Indies above all to talk about the health crisis. His surprise arrival is therefore good news for Grégory, a resident. “What would be more interesting is that there are answers”, explains this 38-year-old computer engineer, who would like the minister to speak only of the social situation and not of autonomy. “We asked for very specific points, in particular we do not want any obligation [vaccinale], but we did not ask for autonomy. “
The Guadeloupean says he is “happy to be French”: “I am proud to be French and I want to continue to be so by having the possibility of having the same rights, as much in Guadeloupe as in France as in n ‘ any other French department. “
The hope of an easing of tensions
Patricia hopes that by being here in Guadeloupe, the minister will better understand the refusal of the vaccination obligation on the part of a part of the population. “I think it’s a good thing that he’s coming because at 8,000 kilometers, we don’t have the notion of what exactly is going on here,” she explains. “Maybe it will ease the tension.” Sébastien Lecornu must meet with local elected officials and union representatives soon after his arrival. We do not yet know if he will meet locals before flying to Martinique tomorrow evening.