Militants of the Union generale des travailleurs de Guadeloupe UGTG trade union roll tyres as they set up a blockade at the roundabout of Perrin Les Abymes, on the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe, on November 17, 2021. - (Photo by AFP)
The island's prefect on Friday introduced the night-time stay-at-home order after protests against the coronavirus vaccine pass spiralled into violence the previous night.
But the measure did little to quell the rioting.
"The night was very turbulent," a police source said.
The security forces recorded "some 20 incidents of looting or attempted robbery" in the seaside towns of Pointe-a-Pitre and Le Gosier, including at a jewellery shop, a bank, a betting shop and a shopping centre.
In the town of Saint-Francois to the east, "gendarmes coming out of the station were threatened by blazing projectiles".
A second source within the gendarmerie said an armoury had been looted.
The first source said "firearms were used against police forces in four different areas" across the island, and one member was slightly wounded after a stone hit him in the face.
In the area of Le Petit-Bourg to the west, firemen had to put out fires in two mobile phone stores, which had also been plundered.
France late Saturday said it was sending around 50 personnel from both its RAID elite police force and its GIGN counter-terrorism unit to Guadeloupe.
While most people in mainland France have now received two vaccination doses, rates in its overseas territories have lagged behind.
By November 16, some 46 percent of adults in Guadeloupe had received at least one jab of a vaccine against Covid.