French Guiana: Social unrest and feelings of abandonment

For more than two weeks, mass protests and strikes have paralysed the French department of Guiana. The association Pour que la Guyanne décolle (Get Guianna going) has called on the French state to free up some €3 billion in financial aid to provide the social investment so desperately needed to renew roads and buildings, and improve the health system, schools and security.


Many Guiana residents feel that although the region belongs to France, the French Republic has abandoned them in terms of its financial responsibilities. Our reporters traveled to Guiana to speak to those who feel forgotten by the French state and when, how and why, this feeling became so deeply entrenched within their society.

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, Jessica Sestili and Elom Marcel Toble.

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