Mali/death of a French soldier
The President was deeply saddened to learn of the death in combat of a special forces operator from the Bayonne 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment, in the far north of Mali this afternoon.
The Head of State extends to his family and close friends his most sincere condolences and the respect of the entire nation.
He pays heartfelt tribute to the determination and courage of the French forces engaged in Mali alongside the Malian and other African forces. He expresses to them his full confidence that they will successfully complete the final phase of their mission./.