1 killed in unrest on French island

BASSE-TERRE, Guadeloupe (AP) âÄî A man was shot dead as he drove during the night during riots and protests over the high cost of living, officials said Wednesday âÄî the first fatality in a nearly month-old strike that has hammered this French Caribbean islandâÄôs tourist industry and paralyzed daily life. French Prime Minister Francois FillonâÄôs office in Paris condemned the slaying and said the circumstances were being investigated. He urged all involved to âÄústop the violence that is traumatizing all of Guadeloupe.âÄù More than 2,000 people in Martinique, a nearby French island, marched through the capital Fort-de-France Wednesday in honor of the man killed in Guadeloupe. Jacques Bino, a tax agent and union member, was fatally shot in a housing project in Pointe-a-Pitre as he drove home after attending a Tuesday night meeting with the LKP Collective, which organized the strike, said Nicolas Desforges, the top appointed official on the island. Police and emergency workers could not reach Bino around midnight (0400 GMT) because rioters shot at them with hunting rifles, Desforges said by telephone. When police finally reached Bino three hours later, he was dead at the wheel. Three police officers also were injured in the overnight violence, one with a gunshot wound to the eye, Desforges said.