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French Caribbean regions reject more autonomy

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French Caribbean regions reject more autonomy

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Voters in two French overseas departments in the Caribbean have overwhelmingly said ‘no’ to greater autonomy from Paris.

Nearly 70 percent in French Guyana and almost 80 percent in Martinique rejected changes that would give local authorities increased powers.

The referendum, which was not a vote for independence, comes a year after mass protests against high prices and low wages.

The two regions count as full parts of France and the European Union. While suffering serious economic problems such as unemployment, they both get considerable financial support from Paris.