If Guadalupe residents are interested, France is keen to discuss the autonomy of their Caribbean territory, a minister said.
There have been several days of widespread protests and violence in Guadalupe and the nearby French island of Martini over the Covid-19 directive, according to Reuters.
The protests began with protests against the mandatory vaccination of public sector workers against Covid-19, but later turned into a question of living standards and relations with France.
According to Al Jazeera, many of the protesters protested against the government of Paris, which is thousands of kilometers away, forcing them to do everything possible and treat them as “second class citizens”.
To address the situation, the Paris government announced that it would withdraw its obligation to vaccinate public sector workers in Guadalupe and Martinique.
In a video message posted on YouTube on Friday, French Foreign Minister Sebastia Loknu said that some elected officials in Guadalupe had raised the question of autonomy and wanted to change the status of France’s foreign territories.
“The government is ready to talk about it,” he said.
He also said that Paris is going to take several steps to improve the living standards of Guadalupe residents. These include health care development, infrastructure projects and job creation for young people.