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Earthquake in Guatemala (November 7, 2012)

We were deeply shocked to learn of the very violent earthquake (7.2 on the Richter scale) which struck western Guatemala yesterday, in the region of San Marcos, and which according to provisional reports, left several dozen people dead and many injured, and caused substantial damage.

In light of the devastating effects of this ordeal facing Guatemala, France expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and its wholehearted solidarity with the Guatemalan people and authorities who are facing especially difficult circumstances.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in close collaboration with the Embassy of France in Guatemala, is closely monitoring the situation. At this stage, there are no reported French casualties.

Together with its EU partners, France stands ready to consider Guatemala’s requests for assistance.


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