The President of the Republic was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the powerful earthquake which hit Haiti on Tuesday, January 12; everything leads us to fear that this earthquake has resulted in numerous casualties and extensive damage. He expresses his wholehearted solidarity with the Haitian people, as well as with the United Nations personnel severely affected by the earthquake.
The urgent requirement is to help the victims, those trapped in the rubble, the injured and those who are missing. On the instructions of the President of the Republic, France has decided to immediately dispatch civil security detachments and a platoon of gendarmes to take part in the rescue operations to help the local population and to find and help, if necessary, our compatriots who have been reported missing.
In spite of the communication problems, the French authorities, which are fully mobilized in Paris, the French West Indies and through our embassy in Haiti, are working together with the Haitian authorities, the United Nations and the other countries directly concerned.