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French islanders see evacuee bias

White tourists put on boats, blacks left to face Irma, they say

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Photographs by AP Photo/Amandine Ascensio

A palm tree lays on a car after the passage of Hurricane Irma, near the shore in Marigot, on the island of St. Martin, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. The island is divided between French St. Martin and Dutch Sint Maarten.

MARIGOT, St. Martin -- In the chaotic days after Hurricane Irma smashed St. Martin, the storm also exposed simmering racial tensions on the island's French territory, with some black and mixed-race residents complaining that white tourists were given priority during the evacuation.

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