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Air Algérie flight

Published on August 11, 2014
Press briefing given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman
Paris, July 25, 2014

We were deeply shocked to learn of the tragedy that struck our compatriots travelling on board Air Algérie Flight AH5017; since then, all the state services have been mobilized to locate the aircraft, fully investigate the events, and provide assistance to the families of the victims.

M. Laurent Fabius immediately instructed all Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development departments, notably the crisis centre and our embassies in Algeria, Burkina Faso and Mali, to contribute in every possible way to this effort.
The crisis centre in Paris is mobilized around the clock to provide assistance to the families of the passengers and to gather information about the tragedy:

- an emergency hotline was immediately set up: 01 43 17 56 46. It has received almost 5,000 calls;

- all the families of our compatriots travelling on the aircraft have been contacted;
- more than 20 personnel have been working round-the-clock shifts at the crisis centre since yesterday. They are being supported by Ministry of Defence and Ministry of the Interior staff, as well experts from the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation. Twenty volunteers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development are helping to man the hotline; 
- two doctors, a psychologist and three officials from the Ministry of Health are providing their full support to the victims’ families;

- we are in contact with more than 10 prefectures in order to lend as much local support as possible to the victims’ families.

Our ambassadors in Algiers, Bamako and Ouagadougou are mobilized and are in continuous contact with the local authorities. The French embassies in Ouagadougou and Bamako have set up telephone hotlines.

M. Laurent Fabius will provide an update on this tragedy today at 3.00 p.m. at the Quai d’Orsay, together with M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, and M. Frédéric Cuvillier, Minister of State for Transport. (…)./.

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