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Guadeloupe (/ˌɡwɒdəˈlp/; French pronunciation: ​[ɡwadəlup]; Antillean Creole: Gwadloup) is an archipelago as well as an overseas region of France in the Caribbean. It consists of six inhabited islands, Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Désirade, and the Îles des Saintes, as well as many uninhabited islands and outcroppings.

Like the other overseas departments, it is an integral part of France. As a constituent territory of the European Union and the Eurozone, the euro is its official currency and any European Union citizen is free to settle and work there indefinitely. As an overseas department, however, it is not part of the Schengen Area. The official language is French. Antillean Creole is also spoken.

A small city across a gray waterway under lowering gray clouds. A road leads to the city across a causeway. Mountains with snow and a low treeline form the backdrop. A few boats are in the water.
Panorama of Pointe de la Grande Vigie (near the village of Anse-Bertrand), the northern most point of the island of Grande-Terre, in Guadeloupe-2007.

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Closed gas-station near Le Gosier, after a night of violence.
The 2009 French Caribbean general strikes began in the French overseas region of Guadeloupe on 20 January 2009, and spread to neighbouring Martinique on 5 February 2009. Both islands are located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. The general strikes began over the cost of living, the prices of basic commodities, including fuel and food, and demands for an increase in the monthly salaries of low income workers. Stores and gas stations in the private sector, and public sector services including education, public transportation, and sanitation, were temporarily closed in Guadeloupe and Martinique due to the strikes. The strikes ended when the French government agreed to raise the salaries of the lowest paid by 200 and acceded to the strikers' top 20 demands.

The strikes exposed deep ethnic, racial, and class tensions and disparities within Guadeloupe and Martinique and devastated the tourism industry of both islands during the high season. The islands were believed to have lost millions of dollars in tourism revenue due to cancelled vacations and closed hotels. Guadeloupe and Martinique had the second and third highest unemployment rates in the European Union as of 2007, according to Eurostat.

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Admiral T at the Stade de France, on May 16th, 2009.
Admiral T, whose real name is Christy Campbell, is one of the most popular and successful Guadeloupean singers of reggae-dancehall music in France. Born in 1981 on the French island of Guadeloupe, he was one of two children. At the age of 6, he joined the dancehall group Karukera Sound System. He left the group in 1982 to start a solo career, releasing his first solo album Mozaïk Kréyòl. During the sneak preview of Sean Paul at Bercy Stadium (Paris, France) in 2004, Admiral T outperformed himself and drew much attention. Universal Music Group's delegates who attended this concert decided to sign Admiral T and re-released his album under Universal Records label, with artist featurings like Wyclef Jean or French rapper Rohff. Admiral T's album became a hit throughout the West Indies, France and Europe.

In 2005, Admiral T starred in Guadeloupean director Jean-Claude Barny's film Nèg Maron. The following year, he released his second album, Toucher L'Horizon, which also gained popular and commercial success and got awarded a Césaire of Music Award in October 2006. Admiral T spent much of 2007 in France, London and the Caribbean on his "Fòs A Péyi La" Concert Tour (from his title song duet with Kassav'). He also wan a Skyrock Music Award in December 2007 and a Virgin music Award in February 2008. The following year, Admiral T performed in Germany at Summerjam, Europe's biggest reggae festival and at England's World Creole Music Festival. On 19 April 2010, he released his 3rd album : Instinct Admiral, comprising featurings of Machel Montano, Busy Signal, La Fouine, Médine, Young Chang MC, Lieutenant, Patrick Saint-Éloi, Fanny J and Awa Imani. Besides his solo career, Admiral T is also the producer of the newcomer reggae-dancehall singer Wyckyd J.

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...that Hurricane Hugo was the strongest storm to impact Guadeloupe since Hurricane Cleo in 1964, and the worst storm since Hurricane Inez in 1966? In addition, it was one of the longest-lived North Atlantic tropical cyclone recorded of all time, comparable to the duration of the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane.
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José Mourinho at Chelsea - 2007 (©Mark Freeman)
"As you know Gallas had an unbelievable holiday. I hope he enjoyed it very much in Guadeloupe, which I think is a fantastic place to be on holiday, so he wanted to stay there for a long time."

(On William Gallas missing the first team's trip to the United States because he was on holiday.)

José Mourinho, Chelsea Football Club manager (2004-2007)

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