The French president promised residents of St Martin the island will be ‘reborn’ amid accusations that European governments were unprepared for the hurricane

France’s president and the Dutch king have visited Caribbean territories that were hammered by Hurricane Irma, amid accusations by residents that European governments were unprepared, slow to react and sometimes even racist in their responses to the devastation.

More than 200 people are still listed as missing on the island shared by the Dutch territory St Maarten and French St Martin, according to the Dutch Red Cross.

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