Mali/death of a French soldier
The President was extremely shocked to learn that a flight sergeant from the No.10 Air Parachute Commando unit was killed in action early this morning during a French forces operation against an armed terrorist group in the Adrar des Ifoghas area, northern Mali.
He expresses his profound respect for the sacrifice made by this special forces NCO as part of a particularly dangerous mission, which achieved its objectives. He adds that French soldiers, engaged alongside the Malian army and United Nations forces, are bravely and effectively helping consolidate Mali’s sovereignty and combat terrorism.
The Head of State extends his very sincere condolences to his family, close friends and comrades-in-arms, and assures them of the nation’s wholehearted solidarity in these painful circumstances./.