French President Emmanuel Macron Tours Irma Damage, Declares “Saint Martin Will Be Reborn”

Saint Martin, the French side of the island, has gotten a bad wrap since Hurricane Irma hit. Most assuredly, the French side is resilient and news of it’s demise has been greatly exaggerated. Of course, that doesn’t mean it escaped the wrath of Irma. But it does mean that they — like their counterparts on the Dutch side — are constructively beginning the process of rebuilding their lives.

Today, French President Emmanuel Macron landed on the island, was debriefed and then began a tour of the damage. I wanted to share some images from his tour today with you.

Macron was quoted as saying, “St Martin will be reborn, I promise.” Adding, “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”

He went on to say that 50 million euros will be made available immediately to help start what will most certainly be a long road to recovery.

Rest assured, this is only the very beginning of the rebuilding process. There’s so much work to be done that it’s hard to conceptualize. The people need as much help as they can get so please click here to donate today.

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Jon Ferlise

I fell in love with the island of Saint Martin the first time I visited to celebrate my 40th birthday in May of 2009. Since then, I've spent most birthdays there, and have visited countless other times getting to know this wonderful place and the friendly locals that make it so special. I adore the culture, the people, the community, and the beauty of this stunning island. SXM Strong is a website that I started to support humanitarian relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. There was no plan, it just evolved as I witnessed the devastation that Irma caused the island and the huge need to communicate and disseminate information about what had happened and how people could help support this island and its people.

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