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France to send police to Mayotte after violent protests

French gendarmes stand guard in Mamoutzou on April 13, 2016 on the French Indian ocean island of MayotteFrance will send police reinforcements to Mayotte as the Indian ocean territory has been rocked by several nights of violent protests, Paris announced Wednesday. It follows a fortnight of sporadic social unrest on the archipelago, where protesters are calling for education funding, benefits payments and working conditions to be boosted to match the rest of France. France’s minister for overseas territories, George Pau-Langevin, told AFP that Mayotte is facing “a social movement with demands launched by trade unions” as well as an outburst of violence by some young people “who have no prospects”.

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