Two months after the hurricanes Irma and Maria, Edouard Philippe starts this Saturday in Martinique a three-day trip to the West Indies. The Prime Minister must visit Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, and Saint-Barthélemy to see the progress of the reconstruction.
Edouard Philippe wishes to receive in the French West Indies a better welcome than that reserved to Emmanuel Macron. Visiting the hurricane-affected islands, the French president was greeted by angry residents, denouncing a government that had been slow to act.
The situation has changed since then. The daily life of the population has improved. “We are coming out of the emergency phase. We must now look into the time of reconstruction,” said the entourage of the Prime Minister. During his three days in the region, Edouard Philippe will repeat the message and try to reassure a population that hopes to find a normal life as soon as possible.
In Saint-Martin, we are far from it. There are still mountains of burning vegetable debris, car wrecks, and rubble on the streets. But the return to school will take place next Monday. The 8,500 students on the island will return to school, even if all schools are not yet reopened.
The head of government will also appear alongside tourism companies, hard hit by hurricanes. Bad weather that has also ravaged the banana plantations of Guadeloupe. Edouard Philippe is expected to announce a new aid of 20 to 30 million euros for the agricultural world.
The Prime Minister will also support the security forces and rescue services. He meets this Saturday morning in Martinique young people engaged in the army.