More than 4,000 workers in St Barts and St Martin have benefited from a partial unemployment scheme following Hurricane Irma.
French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe confirmed to senators that these employees have had access to a “modified” system not available under normal circumstances, which takes into account the “specificity of their experiences on the spot”, without providing further details.
The government has also put into place “a moratorium on tax and social matters” for companies “to prevent production on the two islands becoming too difficult,” the Prime Minister said.
In addition, the government has “mobilised banking networks to ensure the cash flow to businesses is not cut”.
The Prime Minister added, that shops and services on St Barts and St Martin have reopened, commercial air and sea connections have resumed, and “electricity and telecommunication networks have been repaired, not completely but at a faster pace than we expected”.