27 Feb 2009

Politicians from France's overseas territories meet amid unrest

11:45 am on 27 February 2009

Politicians from France's overseas territories have begun meeting Paris to discuss a new law aimed at their economic development amid unrest in the Antilles.

31 elected members, including leaders from French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna, have met the French prime minister, Francois Fillon, to discuss the 200-million US dollar project.

This comes amid protracted strike action in Guadeloupe and Martinique, whose leaders are absent from the Paris meeting.

In Martinique, authorities have asked the public to stay home following repeated unrest but they say it is not a curfew.

In Guadeloupe, protestors have seized the public broadcaster RFO as prolonged strike action against the high cost of living.