France mobilized to help victims of attacks in Spain

Spain – Terrorist attacks/latest figures – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Deputy Spokesperson

Paris, 19 August 2017

The latest count of French victims in the Spain attacks, according to the Crisis Centre of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is 30 injured in all of the terrorist attacks.

Sixteen of our injured compatriots were able to leave the hospital after receiving appropriate care. Of the 14 French nationals still hospitalized in the Barcelona area, five are in a serious condition.

At the request of the Minister, M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Consulate General in Barcelona and the crisis unit of the Paris crisis and support centre are continuing to communicate by telephone with citizens seeking their loved ones. They have fielded more than 4,000 calls.

A welcome centre for French nationals has been set up at the Consulate General. In order to accommodate French nationals who are seeking information or psychological assistance, its staff has been backed up by medical personnel from the SAMU [emergency medical aid service] and emergency medical and psychological units, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, and by diplomats and consular employees from Madrid.

The victims’ follow-up unit at the Paris crisis and support centre has trauma specialists and works with victims’ aid associations.

M. Le Drian and European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau are being kept regularly informed of developments in the situation. Members of the Ministry’s staff, both in Paris and Barcelona, are fully mobilized to assist our fellow citizens./.

Spain – Attack in Barcelona – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 17 August 2017

The attack which has just struck Barcelona, at the heart of a place of life and youth, is a further heinous attack on our free societies.

M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, has the victims, their families and close friends very much in his thoughts at this tragic time. France expresses its heartfelt sadness and wholehearted solidarity to Barcelona and the whole of Spain.

The President is in contact with the Spanish authorities to monitor the situation. The government is mobilized to provide the necessary information and assistance to our fellow citizens present in Barcelona.

Our action to combat terrorism will continue relentlessly. France is fighting this battle with absolute determination alongside Spain./.

Spain – Attack in Barcelona – Statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Paris, 18 August 2017

I was deeply shocked to learn of the toll of the attack committed in Barcelona, for which Daesh [so-called ISIL] has claimed responsibility. I condemn it in the strongest terms.

Twenty-six French people were injured, at least 11 of them seriously. My thoughts go out to those compatriots and their loved ones, to whom I extend my heartfelt sympathy at this painful time.

Today I’ll be going to Barcelona to visit the French victims of this cowardly act and assure the Spanish people and authorities of France’s support.

As soon as the attack was announced, I asked a crisis unit to be set up at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, to review the safety of our compatriots in Barcelona and respond to their loved ones. Its staff have been working actively throughout the night and have so far received more than 3,200 calls. The unit is still open, and is continuing to answer calls.

In Barcelona, our consulate general, in liaison with the Spanish authorities, is doing everything to provide the necessary support to the French people affected by the attack. To respond to the emergency, I’ve asked medical professionals to be sent there. The first ones are arriving today to provide psychological support and assist the bereaved. Additional staff are expected to be sent.

The safety of our fellow citizens abroad is an absolute priority to which officials of the Ministry and its French diplomatic and consular network are committed on a daily basis. I thank all those who acted immediately and with dedication in Barcelona, Madrid and Paris to lend assistance to the victims and their loved ones./.

Published on 05/09/2017

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