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    The French Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, arrived in Port de France, the capital of Martinique in the West Indies on Monday (22 December) and was met by several hundred left-wing demonstrators demanding independence for their island.

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    The French Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, arrived in Port de France, the capital of Martinique in the West Indies on Monday (22 December) and was met by several hundred left-wing demonstrators demanding independence for their island.

    M. Chirac was visiting Martinique as part of a tour of French overseas departments in the Caribbean.

    The demonstrators carried placards some of which read: "We Want To Have Work In The Country," "No to Colonialism-Yes To Socialism", and "Workers Laws apply to Chirac".

    The demonstrators were blocked from their intended destination of the main administration building where M. Chirac was holding talks with local officials.

    Police cordoned off the town centre and the demonstrators decided to go instead to the local Trades Union building where they held a noisy meeting.

    The next day M. Chirac said that the problems in the area would note be solved "by polices which sought to break the island's ties with France".

    He said that such problems would be solved through the French government's policy of "departmentalisation" under which the Caribbean French-controlled islands are being given "a greater control of their economic, political and social affairs".

    M. Chirac said such a policy "had achieved encouraging results over the past few years".

    SYNOPSIS: A large demonstration was mounted by left-wing organisers in the West Indies island of Martinique on Monday. The demonstration was organised to coincide with the arrival of French Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac. M. Chirac's visit was part of his tour of French overseas departments in the Caribbean.

    Many of the demonstrators carried placards some of which read; "We Want To Have Work in the Country", "No to Colonialism-Yes to Socialism" and "Workers Laws apply to Chirac". The demonstrators also chanted slogans demanding the independence of Martinique from France. However M. Chirac said that the problems of the island would not be solved by "policies which sought to break the island's ties with France".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5L5QBLU9NF06IVWGX3DO4G02H
    Media URN:
    VLVA5L5QBLU9NF06IVWGX3DO4G02H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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