France says several police injured during unrest in Martinique and Guadeloupe

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Unrest triggered by COVID-19 curbs spreads to Martinique

PARIS (Reuters) - French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Friday that several members of the police force had been injured as a result of civil unrest during protests against COVID-19 protocols on France's Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.

"In Guadeloupe and Martinique, our security forces as well as journalists have been the target of attacks and have been fired upon. Several members of the police forces have been injured," Darmanin on his Twitter account said.

Authorities on the Caribbean island of Martinique ordered a curfew on Thursday after protesters looted shops and set up burning barricades as demonstrations against COVID-19 protocols spread across France's overseas' territories.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alison Williams)

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