‘I am not Father Christmas’, Macron tells French Guiana as riots erupt during visit


Riots erupted during President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to French Guiana after he incensed protesters by ruling out additional state aid for the impoverished South American territory, saying: “I am not Father Christmas.”

Demonstrators hurled petrol bombs at police, who responded with tear gas. Five protesters were arrested and two police officers were hurt in several hours of clashes on Thursday night.

Tension has been high since a general strike over high unemployment and violent crime six months ago. Protesters lifted a road blockade after the previous Socialist government promised to inject more than €1 billion into the economy of France’s overseas territory bordering Brazi and  consider investing a further €2 billion.

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