Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

Macron: France will rebuild St Martin island after Irma

Macron: France will rebuild St Martin island after Irma

"Now is not the time for controversy".

Territories with links to Europe were among the hardest hit by Irma, which left entire islands and tens of thousands of people without water or electricity and reduced many homes to splinters. He was set to travel on to Sint Eustatius, which suffered severe damage.

"It is an insufficient drop in the Caribbean ocean for islands subject to devastation and inhabited by its own citizens", he wrote in an email. They say they've delivered at least 75 tons of life-saving aid to Irma stricken communities. "It will be done quickly, it will be done well, and it will be done better". She said the storm hit at about 2 a.m., and at 4 a.m., they realized the 7th floor of the hotel was flooded.

Britain was forced to reinforce its marines on the British Virgin Islands after more than 100 "very serious" inmates escaped after a prison was breached in the storm, Alan Duncan, Britain's minister for Europe and the Americas, said on Tuesday.

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"It's been very useful to see for myself what bad damage this storm has done and in this way to also show the population of St. Martin and the governor and prime minister that we stand together here as a kingdom and that we will solve this together", he told reports on the island. A center will be established by Monday to begin processing requests for financial help, he said.

He has said there have not been any major crimes since the storm or in the aftermath but they are mobilizing troops "to make sure we have the appropriate security apparatus in place". "People are fighting in the streets for what is left".

"What we have seen today are people determined to rebuild and return to a normal life", Macron said late Tuesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron came under criticism for his government's handling of the crisis. Majority were the family members of the Chabad envoy to the island.

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"Everyone's turned feral and no one's going out without being armed".

Dutch King Willem-Alexander spoke of his horror at what he found.

"Even from the plane I saw something I have never seen before", the Dutch royal told the NOS public newscaster. The British had four Overseas Territories, a total of 25 inhabited islands from Montserrat to the Turks and Caicos, some 750 miles apart.

In France, opposition figures have accused Macron's fledgling government of bungling the response to the disaster.

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Amid reports that law and order was disintegrating on the island, the French and Dutch governments announced it was sending more troops to the island.

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