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Irma : after Saint-Martin, Emmanuel Macron goes to Saint-Barthélemy

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Irma : after Saint-Martin, Emmanuel Macron goes to Saint-Barthélemy

The president promises to "shake up all standards and all procedures" to ensure a reconstruction "copy" of two islands.

Emmanuel Macron continues its displacement in French Antilles, devastated by hurricane Irma. After Saint-Martin Tuesday, it arrived Wednesday, September 13, in morning (mid-afternoon in metropolis) on nearby island of Saint-Barthélemy, private water and electricity despite less damage than Saint-Martin.

The president was notably made in operational technical implementation at airport of Saint-Barthélemy, where commercial flights will resume Wednesday.

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The moving Emmanuel Macron aims to "reassure, comfort, and hear anger" of people, is still palpable, nearly a week after hurricane that resulted in several deaths. During an exchange with a woman from Saint-Martin, it is committed to return, if possible, " before a year ".

" Why have you come ? "he has asked, excited, a young woman. "We are here since 6 o'clock in morning and we are still waiting, under flag," said anor, near airport, hoping, like a lot of people, finally being able to join in Guadeloupe and n metropolis. The head of State assured that " all those who want to leave can do so ".

To speed up evacuations, Airbus charters Wednesday, with Red Cross, an A350 from Paris to Pointe-à-Pitre with equipment (station of purification of water, solar lights, generators...), and will repatriate 200 people. An additional flight of Air France is also expected on Thursday. In addition, commercial flights will resume Wednesday at airport of Saint-Barthélemy.

" return to normal is top priority ", he also said. "Saint-Martin will be reborn starts with me ", he promised, wishing a reconstruction copy of this territory, which had 35 000 inhabitants before passage of hurricane.

Macron sweeps critics

Criticized also by part of opposition, Emmanuel Macron, has defended government's action. It has, in particular, ensured that executive branch [had] answered as soon as information was given ". He said he was "favourable" to a parliamentary commission of inquiry, " but at right time ".

" If, when time came, Parliament wants to ask questions, we will respond, fully, completely, and I look forward to doing so ", said Wednesday morning prime minister Edouard Philippe, saying to himself: "extremely proud of reaction of State services ".

Like or members of opposition before him, Laurent Wauquiez, vice-president of Republican (LR), has again denounced on Wednesday on Franceinfo "six days of violations" of State, which has " not been worth it ".

After his visit to Saint-Barthélemy, president must meet with wounded to university hospital of Guadeloupe.


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