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Saint Martin (French: Saint-Martin), officially the Collectivity of Saint Martin (French: Collectivité de Saint-Martin), is the northern half of the island of Saint Martin (Which is split between the French Saint Martin on it's northern half and the Dutch Sint Maarten in it's southern half) in the Caribbean and a French overseas collectivity. The capital and largest city of the territory is Marigot. Saint Martin is part of the European Union, and uses the Euro as it's currency, though US dollars are also widely accepted.

Originally a commune of Guadeloupe, the population voted in 2003 to secede from Guadeloupe and become a separate overseas collectivity of France, and on 9 February 2007, the French Parliament passed a bill granting overseas collectivity statuses to both Saint Martin and (separately) the neighbouring Saint Barthelemy. On the 15th of July, 2007, the new status took effect once the local assemblies were elected.

On the 6th and 7th of September, 2017, Hurricane Irma hit the island, destroying 95% of the building on the French side. France sent aid as well as additional police and emergency personnel to the island to deal with looters. On September 10th, France announced that it was sending additional emergency supplies, including water and electrical equipment to help restore the power supply to Saint Martin as an early step to helping the residents survive and rebuild, and on the 12th of September, the president of France, Emanuel Macron, arrived in Saint Martin with emergency supplies and said that by the weekend "many things will be reopened". He also pledged 50 million euros of aid for Saint Martin and said that the rebuilding will be done quickly, but very well. However, some controversy arose as only tourists and visitors from France had been evacuated from Saint Martin at the time, leading to complaints by black and mixed-race residents that whites were being given priority over them.


The St. Martinois flag
This is the unofficial flag of the territory, with the French tricolour being the official flag. It consists of a white field with blue and green banners and the words Saint-Martin, Caraïbe Française and French Caribbean in the center.


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