Niger – Terrorist attacks (May 23, 2013)
France utterly condemns this morning’s attacks which targeted the Nigerien army in Agadez and a mining site operated by Areva in Arlit.
It’s still too early to know the final toll from these attacks. Our thoughts go out to the victims. France extends its condolences to the families of those who died.
Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is in contact with his Nigerien counterpart in order to express to him France’s wholehearted solidarity with the Nigerien authorities in the fight against terrorist groups. He will assure him that we are ready to provide them with any assistance they may need.
France is closely monitoring the situation in close collaboration with the Nigerien authorities.
We urge French citizens in Niger to follow the safety precautions provided to them.