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Air Algérie flight

Published on August 11, 2014
Speech by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic

Paris, July 25, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen,

The Air Algérie plane, on board which 51 of our compatriots were travelling, was found last night in Gossi, eastern Mali, at the border with Burkina Faso.

The French soldiers already on the ground have secured the area and begun initial investigations. There are sadly no survivors. I share the pain of the families, who are going through a terrible ordeal. There will be a meeting for them tomorrow at the Quai d’Orsay so that they can be given all the information, which they are entitled to, and the nation’s fraternal support.

The inquiry into the causes of this tragedy is under way. A black box has already been recovered. It is being taken to Gao and will therefore be examined in the shortest possible time. Experts from the Ministry of Transport’s Accident Investigation Bureau have also been sent over there and will conduct all the necessary investigations.

What we already know is that the debris from the plane is concentrated in a limited area, but it is still too early to draw conclusions. These will come. There are hypotheses, particularly to do with the weather, but we aren’t ruling out any others, because we want to know everything about what happened.

The government is mobilized as regards this tragedy. All the ministers concerned are at work and there will be a press conference this afternoon at the Foreign Ministry to provide any further information.
The victims, the families, the 118 victims of this appalling tragedy and their families, are in all my thoughts at this time. Our thoughts go to the victims, their close friends and families; we are at their side. Thank you./.

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