French Prez Macron promises to ‘rebuild’ Caribbean islands by deploying army and supplies
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 13-Sep-2017
St Martin, September 13: After the Hurricane Irma tore down the lands apart in Europe and U.S; French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday rushed to St. Martin with supplies of food and other necessities. During his visit, macron vowed to quickly rebuild the islands of the French Caribbean.
The clutch of Caribbean islands hardest hit by the storm were mainly overseas territories belonging to Britain, France and the Netherlands, whose tens of thousands of residents are European Union citizens. Both the affected countries have sent in their troops to provide security. While 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..
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson travelled on Tuesday to the Caribbean to visit British territories devastated by Irma. Among the hardest hit islands were the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, plus Antigua and Barbuda.
Macron on his visit said, “St. Martin will be reborn, I promise. I will shake up all the rules and procedures so the job is done as quickly as possible. It will be done quickly, it will be done well, and it will be done better. ”
Until now, the French government has said out it would take at least 3 months for the water to stabilize. However, Macron said that 50 million euros will be made available and 2,000 security forces will be deployed as soon as possible.