French West Indies: the central state on trial
December 15, 2021
Published on: 12/15/2021 – 10:58
In the departments of the French West Indies, the last roadblocks blocking traffic were lifted by the police last week. The movement born from the refusal of compulsory vaccination for caregivers and firefighters, and which degenerated into a social crisis, has given way to discussions between unions, local elected officials and the population to respond to the many economic and social problems of these territories. Expensive life, failing public services, the grievances are multiple and very often, it is the French State, which in these former colonies comes up against the distrust of the demonstrators.
From our special correspondent in Guadeloupe,
” Chlordecone, I bathed in it », Sums up Jean-Michel Emmanuel, banana planter. For years, the 60-year-old has spilled kilos of this pesticide on his banana plantation. In the West Indies, the government continued to authorize the use of this probably carcinogenic molecule, whereas it had been banned in France in 1990. By these exemptions granted, is the French State solely responsible for the damage or for sharing- Does it have responsibility with industry?
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The issue has never been decided. For Jean-Michel, it is a very personal feeling of guilt which pushed him towards an agriculture which tends towards less pesticides. ” The fact that we have been users makes us even more sensitive [à l’agriculture durable]. This is why we are committing ourselves alongside the State in a sustainable Banana plan. Our goal is to achieve zero pesticides. We no longer want the chlordecone effect in our country », Summarizes the planter.