Mali/attack in Bamako
The French President condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly attack perpetrated last night in Mali on La Terrasse, a restaurant in the expatriates’ district of Bamako. The five victims who died probably include one French national, who is currently being identified. There are reportedly no French nationals among those injured, although checks are under way. Our embassy has set up a crisis unit, alerted French people last night and has stepped up security at our establishments in liaison with the Malian authorities.
France stands alongside Malians in this ordeal. The French President will speak to the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, to express his sympathy and friendship and offer him France’s help.
François Hollande remembers that President Keïta stood by his side in the streets of Paris on 11 January./.