French President Emmanuel Macron called an emergency meeting at the Elysée Palace on Saturday to set up urgent aid to the French Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy and the Franco-Dutch isle of St. Martin, both devastated by Hurricane Irma.
The French government said that 95% of St. Martin had been destroyed. The number of victims is expected to rise. On Saturday afternoon, U.S. President Trump telephoned Macron to express his condolences for the “devastation and human loss.”
Both islands were placed on red alert Friday evening as a second storm, Hurricane José, approached and threatened to paralyze all air and sea traffic, which have been suspended.