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PARIS» That tie. He just won’t take it off, even when pick­ing his way in swel­ter­ing heat through the rub­ble left by Hur­ri­cane Irma on the French Caribbean is­land of St. Martin.

Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron has shaken French pol­i­tics to its core but dares not breach the dress code for a French chief of state. The tie, prefer­ably dark, is de rigueur.

King Willem-alexan­der of the Nether­lands also flew to St. Martin to as­sess dam­age and dis­play royal sol­i­dar­ity on the Dutch half of the is­land.

He wore a khaki-col­ored shirt, sleeves rolled to the el­bows — and no neck­tie.

“He’s a real king. He doesn’t need to post signs to show his stature,” said Jamil Dakhlia, a Sor­bonne Univer­sity so­ci­ol­o­gist spe­cial­iz­ing in po­lit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Macron donned a tie while cam­paign­ing and has kept it on ever since. As pres­i­dent, played ten­nis — sans vest but with a tie — from a wheelchair along­side dis­abled ath­letes to pro­mote Paris’ bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Christophe Ena, The As­so­ci­ated Press

France’s Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron last week walks down a de­stroyed build­ing dur­ing his visit in the French Caribbean is­lands of St. Martin.

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