French island of Mayotte on verge of collapse

The Indian Ocean island of Mayotte has been a department of France since 2011, but locals feel abandoned by the country's central authorities. After more than two weeks of general strikes, which have often turned into riots, Mayotte is at a dead end, faced with illegal immigration, crime, unemployment and poverty. Despite the French prime minister announcing a series of measures at the start of this month, locals say the island is on the verge of collapse. Our team reports from Mayotte.


A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Jessica Sestilli, Aline Schmidt and Claire Pryde.

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