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Crisis in the West Indies: no return to normal despite the start of dialogue

Overseas news remained dominated this week by the crisis in the West Indies. Tensions remain in Guadeloupe and Martinique, even if the nights have been a little quieter. The last few days were marked by the lightning visit of the Minister of Overseas Territories, Sébastien Lecornu, and the opening of the dialogue between local and collective elected officials in Guadeloupe. Negotiations are more complicated in Martinique.

Tensions, health crisis, economy at a standstill: for tourism, it is the coup de grace. Cancellations follow one another and many visitors to discover the archipelago suffer from the situation.

On the Covid-19 front, Martinique is seeing the fifth wave rise. Hospital pressure has been increasing for ten days, according to the deputy director general of the CHU. Medical evacuations are planned in the coming days.

For its part, New Caledonia, isolated for nearly two years due to the pandemic, has reopened its borders. All adult passengers must be vaccinated. Travelers over 12 must test negative and commit to self-isolation for seven days.

A health crisis which is invoked by the separatists in New Caledonia to demand the postponement of the third and last referendum of self-determination of the overseas collectivity – a referendum maintained by the State on December 12. The campaign is therefore taking place without the participation of the separatists.

Finally, we tell you about the feat, in Polynesia, of six disabled swimmers from the Philippe Croizon Academy, who made the crossing between Tahiti and Moorea – 25 kilometers – in less than eight hours … time.

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