(Hurricane Irma) Macron to visit French Caribbean islands

World | 7 Sep 2017 5:00 pm

French President Emmanuel Macron, (pictured, left), will go to the islands hit by Hurricane Irma as soon as weather conditions permit, after authorities announced at least eight people died on Saint-Martin.

Macron’s office said today he will travel to France’s Caribbean territories "as soon as possible” once immediate rescue operations are complete.

The president of the territorial council, Daniel Gibbs, said on Radio Caraibes International that Saint-Martin is "95 percent destroyed.”

The island is part French, part Dutch. The Dutch government is holding a crisis meeting about the damage to its part, St. Maarten.

Damages and casualties were also reported on the nearby French island of Saint-Barthelemy. -AP

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