Hurricane Irma leaves behind a storm on St-Martin over racial divide

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In the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin, wrecked by Hurricane Irma, there is controversy over both the alleged priority evacuation of white people to the expense of the majority black population, prompting France’s Representative Council of Black Associations to call for a parliamentary enquiry.

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In the chaotic days after Hurricane Irma smashed St. Martin, the storm also exposed simmering racial tensions on the island’s French territory, with some black and mixed-race residents complaining that white tourists were given priority during the evacuation, reports The National Post.