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The GIGN is in Ukraine. To secure first. Then evacuate afterwards?

(B2) The National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) was mobilized and deployed in Ukraine, just before the start of the Russian offensive.

Photo: National Gendarmerie

A contingent of eight GIGN personnel has been sent to Ukraine, according to AFP (reported by Ouest France). The gendarmes come to reinforce a team of five personnel, already on site permanently, to secure the French embassy in kyiv and diplomatic activities. According Europe 1, they would also be preparing the exfiltration of French nationals on the spot - about 700 people, according to the radio.

In Afghanistan, in August 2021, it was the RAID, the National Police intervention unit, which had the mission of securing and exfiltrating French and Afghan nationals from the French Embassy in Kabul, and in particular to protect Ambassador David Martinon, until the last moment.

(Helen Chachaty)

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