French Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Eric de La Moussaye, has told the Times that while a state of emergency that has been extended by France to its Caribbean territories, including Martinique, will create no special problems for locals or even French nationals, it could result in travel delays.
“The Port control measures are stricter and perhaps it will take more time,” the French Diplomat disclosed, adding that the state of emergency was not intended to target foreigners.
According to La Moussaye, the new measures will only affect travelers with bad intentions who engage in unlawful acts.
Under the state of emergency, law enforcement officials have the power to randomly stop the circulation of persons and install zones of protection and security.
They also have the power to detain suspicious persons and their possessions; to ban meetings or demonstrations; to order searches in houses day or night; to give a compulsory order of residence to any persons whose behaviour or activity is deemed dangerous for security and public order; and to order the submission of weapons and ammunition.
French President, François Hollande, declared the state of emergency last weekend after the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed responsibility for the Friday night attacks that killed more than 129 people and injured in excess of 350 others.
It has been extended to the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St Martin and St Barths.