Official speeches and statements - November 26, 2019
The French President is deeply saddened to announce the death of 13 French soldiers in Mali in the evening of Monday, November 25, 2019, when their two helicopters crashed during a combat operation against jihadists.
The President pays his deepest respects to the memory of these army soldiers—six officers, six NCOs and a corporal—,who died for France in harsh fighting during an operation against terrorism in the Sahel. He shares the grief of their families and close friends, extends to them his sincerest condolences and assures them of the nation’s unfailing solidarity.
The President expresses his wholehearted support to their comrades in the French army and other forces. He wishes to pay tribute to the courage of the French soldiers engaged in the Sahel and their determination to continue their mission. He assures them of his total confidence.
We welcome today’s liberation of our compatriot abducted yesterday in Mexico, and of the Mexican national who was with him.
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Mexican authorities, whose help was essential in reaching this outcome.