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Irron: Macron arrives in Pointe-à-Pitre

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – LUDOVIC MARIN – | French President Emmanuel Macron on 8 September 2017 in Athens

Emmanuel Macron arrived Tuesday morning in Pointe-à-Pitre, from where he will travel to St. Martin and St. Bartholomew, devastated by Hurricane Irma, found an AFP journalist on the spot.

The head of state’s plane landed at Pointe-a-Pitre Le Raizet airport shortly before 05:45 local time (11:45 am in mainland France). Mr. Macron is due to attend a first point of view at the airport and give a press briefing at 07:00 local time (1:00 pm in mainland France).

Then he made an air reconnaissance over Saint-Martin, where he then had to meet with the victims of the hurricane, before going to Saint-Barthélemy.

The head of state could extend his visit to the French West Indies on Wednesday. Several ministerial agendas mention the holding of the Council of Ministers on Thursday at 16:00, not Wednesday as initially scheduled.

He is accompanied by ministers of health, Agnès Buzyn, and Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer.

Irma has killed at least 10 dead and seven missing in the French islands, four in the Dutch part, according to the latest report. A total of 27 people died in the Caribbean.

The hurricane, demoted into a tropical storm by American meteorologists, claimed two casualties in Florida and ten in Cuba.

Several members of the opposition criticized the government’s management of this hurricane and its consequences.

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