On the sidelines of a trip to Amiens in northern France, President Emmanuel Macron has called for “calm and public order” in Guadeloupe as the French island in the Caribbean is shaken by a protest movement against the mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers.
“Our priority is to continue to convince people that vaccination is the best protection. And not to give in to lies, misappropriation of information and manipulation of the situation by some,” said the French president.
Emmanuel Macron acknowledged that the “situation [was] very explosive”. Fires and looting have been taking place for several nights, prompting local authorities to close schools and introduce a curfew between 6 pm and 5 am.
Police reinforcements had to be sent from the mainland on Sunday while the dismantling of blockades began.
To calm the situation, Prime Minister Jean Castex, accompanied by several ministers, received several elected officials from Guadeloupe on Monday evening.
(Mathieu Pollet | EURACTIV.fr)