The dateline on the article is 19FEB, so things have probably calmed down some since then, or there'd be more recent reports. Checking CNN or TV5 (the French channel) or Radio France International (they have an english print version) might provide better information. People on the French sailing websites I know of aren't going wild with concern about the situation in the FWI. They're asking what sort of wifi is available for their chartered catamarans and sharing bread recepies, not searching for helmets & gas masks.Here's some info on Guadeloupe. Definitely stay away from there. And according to this article, the trouble is spilling over into Martinique.
Britons flee French island of Guadeloupe as rioters turn on white families | Mail Online
Maybe the snorkeling is better; we dove, and while good, it was no better than elsewhere, and it was too much sailing. Bouillante/Pigeon is a nice drive and makes a good day trip before the sail. I don't regret sailing it, but now with that experience next time I'd rather spend the time sailing and diving in the Saintes or Dominica.I'm wondering why?