European Leaders Respond To Critics Over Caribbean Hurricane Response

By By DANICA COTO, NICOLAS GARRIGA and SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press

France’s President Emmanuel Macron talks with residents during his visit in the French Caribbean islands of St. Martin, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

MARIGOT, St. Martin (AP) — Wrapping up a sweeping visit to the destroyed island of St. Martin, France’s president responded to anger that his government didn’t do enough to handle Hurricane Irma’s wrath and promised to evacuate residents of his country’s Caribbean territories and provide services and shelter for those who choose to stay.

French President Emmanuel Macron outlined a plan to distribute drinking water, food and medical help using the islands’ radio stations and even megaphones, if necessary. He also said about half of the island’s mobile connectivity had been restored and all “essential communication” would be back by next week.

“What we have seen today are people determined to rebuild and return to a normal life,” he said Tuesday in a press conference. “They are impatient for answers and some are very, very angry. The anger is legitimate because it is a result of the fear they have faced and of being very fatigued. It is certain that some want to leave, and we will help them in that effort.”

He said France was bringing in air-conditioned tents so children …read more

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