Dreams of a fairer future on hurricane-hit St Martin

Dreams of a fairer future on hurricane-hit St MartinQuartier d’Orléans (St Martin) (AFP) – The Caribbean island of St Martin was a place of spectacular inequalities before Hurricane Irma flattened rich and poor neighbourhoods alike — but some residents now dream of a fresh start. “A land of contrasts” was how French authorities, which run the northern half of the island devastated by last week’s Category Five hurricane, described it in a 2016 report. US President Donald Trump is among the super-rich who own property on the island, while six in 10 of his neighbours on the French side receive government handouts.



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