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Europe's islands: Martinique, a precarious paradise

In part two of our European islands special, come with us to Martinique. The small island is located 8,000 km from Brussels and is one-thirtieth the size of Belgium. But as a French overseas department, it’s also part of the European Union. In this Caribbean paradise, we lift the lid on a 30-year pesticide scandal that's responsible for one of the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world and a rate of premature births four times higher than in mainland France.

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We also find out how Martinique and its neighbouring islands are facing up to the growing threat of ever more powerful hurricanes, such as the deadly Hurricane Irma which struck in September 2017.

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