Macron to Visit St. Martin, Affected by Hurricane Irma

Macron vows Caribbean rebuild as anger rises against European powers

Macron vows Caribbean rebuild as anger rises against European powers

Visiting French-controlled St Martin on Tuesday, Macron said the island must be rebuilt as a "model" to withstand future weather patterns.

"Some people steal luxury things and booze, but a lot of people are stealing water and biscuits", said Paul De Windt, a newspaper publisher in St. Martin, to the Times. "We need help and there is no one here", one woman told FRANCE 24's Chris Moore in Saint Martin. Philippe insisted on Monday that the only people being prioritised were the most vulnerable.

She said: "I was out this morning and this afternoon and there was looting right there in front of my eyes".

He said more than 500,000 British nationals were affected by Irma.

The UK has had a naval vessel, Mounts Bay, preloaded with disaster relief supplies in the Caribbean since July, and within a couple of days had restored electricity at Anguilla's hospital and cleared the airport runway before repositioning to the British Virgin Islands. Electricity was restored at Anguilla hospital within days and nearly 1,000 military personnel have been deployed to the Carribbean, Mr Duncan said.

Mr Macron stayed overnight on St Martin, reportedly sleeping on a camp cot, and was heading on Wednesday to the heavily-damaged island of St Barts. Another navy ship has been deployed and will be active next week.

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Alasdair Pinkerton, a senior lecturer in geography and geopolitics at the Royal Holloway University of London, said Britain's overseas model made it hard for Britain to respond quickly to crises like Hurricane Irma.

Alan Duncan, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, said he was "dismayed by the sweeping criticism", and noted the British territories were self-governing.

The French government said it would take at least three months for water distribution to normalise.

The chaotic days in Irma's aftermath also exposed simmering racial tensions on Saint Martin - the white minority of which is generally wealthier than its black majority - as some black and mixed-race residents said that white tourists were given priority during the evacuation effort.

"There's no doubt that on any given day, there are people who are going to steal other people's stuff", said Honore.

"I've never experienced a hurricane before in my life".

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Even though the danger has passed, he said he preferred to have company.

Debris still clogs the streets, many homes are uninhabitable, communications are still down and tens of thousands are without food, water or power.

The French government is defending its handling of hurricane preparations in the French Caribbean islands of St. Martin and St. Barts, after being criticized by opponents for not preparing enough and by locals who felt abandoned by authorities amid the devastation.

Macron is expected to fly to Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy "to show his solidarity with the inhabitants of the disaster areas", Xinhua quoted a statement as saying.

The European Union has also committed to providing $2.4 million for emergency relief.

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