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Antilles: Guadeloupeans tell the origins of the crisis – France
  • 1 Water cuts that annoy
  • Sandrine, a resident of Le Gosier in her thirties, gets angry at the frequent water cuts she suffers “several times a week”. A chronic problem on the island for many years. “For some, it’s every day”, “water towers” ​​being set up in certain districts of his municipality (as elsewhere in Guadeloupe) in order to ensure distribution for everyone.

    And yet, “the bill remains the same,” she assures us. “I don’t think you imagine. Obviously it gets angry when you can’t shower before going to work or when you come back. And while it is 30 degrees, with the addition of tropical humidity. “

    “Turn off the heating for even half a day in mainland France and there are riots,” she says. And we should accept, should we? “

  • 2 The vaccine that divides
  • Unlike the majority of residents questioned, Jean, a trader living in Abymes, is in favor of vaccination against covid-19. “I am for the vaccine, and my whole family is vaccinated. Not because I like the vaccine, but because it is the only solution currently ”to fight against the epidemic.

    “If all the States have found only this solution, it is not for nothing”, adds this fiftieth. In mid-November, the vaccination coverage rate (people having received at least one injection) of the Guadeloupe population aged 18 or over was 46%, against 76% for the national average.

    Like many people he met, Jean does not wish to detail his identity, for fear of reprisals. Others don’t want even their license plate to be filmed.

    “The island is hot right now. You have to be very careful with what you say, it’s a shame because it means that the truth is not being told, that everyone wants to go in the same direction, ”explains Jean. “If you are in a profession in sight, you have no interest in going against (the mainstream of thought, Editor’s note), otherwise you will suffer destruction”, he adds.

  • 3 Prices much more expensive than in mainland France
  • Food products, especially dairy products, mineral water or even hygiene products cost much more in Guadeloupe (as in Martinique and Guyana) than in mainland France. According to the latest INSEE study, in 2015, the price difference between Guadeloupe and mainland France reached 12.5%, and even 33% for food.

    Joël, a 50-year-old resident of Sainte-Rose, takes as an example of the higher cost of living a part for his car: “For a car headlight, from a Toyota, that I wanted to buy, 400 euros! Do not push. You order on the Internet, you get it for 100 euros maybe, not even. It is unlivable. “

    With the history of chlordecone, we are afraid of the French state. And so we don’t trust the bite that they want to impose on us

  • 4 the chlordecone scandal
  • Danielle, 63 years old and who lives in Le Gosier, refuses to be vaccinated. A position that she explains mainly by her mistrust of the French state since the chlordecone scandal. This pesticide, banned in mainland France in 1990, continued to be authorized in banana fields in the West Indies by ministerial exemption until 1993, causing significant and lasting pollution.

    “With the history of chlordecone, we are afraid of the French state. And therefore we do not have confidence in the injection that they want to impose on us, ”says Danielle.

    “It was banned in France and still allowed here. It means that we are the rot of France, ”she adds.

    More than 90% of the adult population in Guadeloupe and Martinique is contaminated by chlordecone, according to Public Health France, and the West Indian populations have one of the highest incidence rate of prostate cancer in the world.

  • 5 “Our future” leaves Guadeloupe
  • Of the many demands of the protest movement, there is one that surpasses the others for Ernest Losange, a resident of Sainte-Rose aged about sixty: to lower the youth unemployment rate, “our future (which) is in the process of leaving Guadeloupe ”for lack of prospects, while“ the population is aging ”. According to INSEE, the unemployment rate for 15-29 year olds in 2020 was 35% against a national average of 20%.

    “We will need them, but nothing is being done to give young people the opportunity to develop on their island. I find that unacceptable ”declares Ernest, for whom young people express their“ fed up ”at the dams and are“ not thugs ”.

    He takes the example of his family: two of his three children have gone to France to work, the third is looking for a job in Guadeloupe. Teacher, “she has a Bac + 5 and made some replacements in July-August, but since her contract has been broken. She is waiting. Hey oh! While the classes are overcrowded, ”Ernest gets on his nerves.

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