President pays tribute to French soldier killed in Mali
Paris, 5 November 2016
The President was shocked to learn of the death last night of an NCO of the La Braconne 515th Régiment du Train [transport and logistics regiment] following injuries sustained in a mine explosion yesterday afternoon when his armoured vehicle drove over it in an operation in northern Mali.
He pays tribute to the sacrifice of this French soldier killed while carrying out his mission to defend our country and protect our fellow citizens.
He extends his heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends, and assures them of the nation’s wholehearted solidarity in these painful circumstances.
The President expresses his confidence and pride in the soldiers of the French forces who are lending their support to the Malian army and to the United Nations mission in order to implement the peace agreement in Mali and quell armed terrorist groups, the threat from which hangs over the whole of the Sahel./.