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Died in action for France (and Belgium)

(BRUSSELS2) The death of a legionnaire from the 2nd REP near Tessalit sparked reactions on both sides of the Franco-Belgian border. The 33-year-old staff sergeant who died in a collision was, in fact, from Brecht (near the Dutch border, not far from Breda). Naturalized French, he kept his Belgian nationality. And so in turn, the French Minister of Defense, JY Le Drian, then the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders sent their condolences to the family.

« Staff Sergeant Harold Vormezeele fell while accomplishing the mission given to him, to defend our security and freedom on Malian soil. With his brothers in arms, I pay tribute to Harold Vormezeele, who died for France. Our determination to combat the terrorist groups that threaten the integrity of Mali is total and our operations will continue, under the authority of the President of the Republic.", declared Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defense. While at the end of the evening, Didier Reynders shared “ with sadness at the passing of Staff Sergeant Harold Vormezeele » and presented « his sincere condolences to his family and friends.”.

Non-commissioned officer of the parachute commando section of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2nd REP) of Calvi, Harold Vormezeele was killed during fighting 50 km south of Tessalit. This is the second soldier to die for France in Mali, after battalion commander Damien Boiteux, who died in combat in the first hours of Operation Serval.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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