Thousands refusing to shelter from Irma on French islands: govt

 06 Sep 2017 - 11:56

Thousands refusing to shelter from Irma on French islands: govt
A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows a view of the Baie Nettle beach in Marigot, with the wind blowing ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma. / AFP.

AFP

Paris: France is worried about thousands of people who are refusing to seek shelter from hurricane Irma on the French islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy, a minister said Wednesday.

"If there's a message that we want to get out, it's that people should protect themselves as much as possible and listen to the advice and instructions that have been given," said Overseas Territories Minister Annick Girardin in Paris.

A source close to the minister told AFP that an estimated 7,000 people had refused to seek shelter.