France ready to help Italy following quake - Minister

Italy – Earthquakes/avalanche – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 19 January 2017

I was extremely saddened to learn that an earthquake had again hit central Italy today; the region has already been severely affected by heavy snow. This tremor caused a deadly avalanche which buried a hotel in Farindola (province of Pescara), resulting in a large number of casualties.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families.

I would like to express France’s wholehearted solidarity with the Italian authorities and people, who have been plunged once again into mourning.

We stand alongside Italy at this difficult time and stand ready to offer our assistance.

Our embassy is mobilized to provide our compatriots in Italy with any support that may be needed./.

Published on 19/01/2017

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