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European and international reactions after the death of 13 French soldiers in Mali

(B2) Very quickly, reactions fell in Brussels after the announcement of the death of 13 French soldiers in a helicopter accident. The European Union addressed “ its most sincere condolences to the families of the French soldiers, engaged in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel » indicated the spokesperson for Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU, contacted by B2.

The whole of Europe is in mourning

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker also reacted paying homage to the thirteen soldiers. " The whole of Europe is in mourning because […] in Mali as elsewhere, it is the French army which defends the honor and security of Europe “, announced his spokesperson Mina Andreeva at the opening of the traditional press briefing on Tuesday.

An essential French commitment against terrorism

« We share the pain of the French people " at declared the elected President of the next Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. " The commitment of French troops in Mali is essential for the protection against terrorism, both of the Malian population and of Europe » assured the woman who until recently was Minister of Defense in Germany and had to undergo an identical ordeal when a German helicopter crashed (Read: Germany loses two of its men in the crash of a helicopter near Gao).

Other reactions

« The death of 13 French soldiers in Mali saddens us deeply. Our thoughts are with their parents and comrades. In the fight against terrorism, they also defended our security and lost their lives » Heiko Maas (Germany – Minister of Foreign Affairs).

« Allow me, on behalf of the Lithuanian people and on my own behalf, to express to you the deepest condolences for the death of 13 French soldiers during a combat operation against jihadists in Mali » Linas Linkevicius (Lithuania – Minister of Foreign Affairs – message addressed to JY Le Drian)

« They died for France, for Mali, for the Sahel, for Freedom, for Man » Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (Malian President)

(comment compiled by NGV, CG, AP)

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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