Italy – Earthquake – Statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault (August 24, 2016)

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I was extremely shocked to learn of the earthquake that struck the region of Umbria in central Italy last night, resulting in casualties and significant damage to property.

I extend my deepest condolences to the victims’ families and I wish the injured a speedy recovery.

Our embassy is mobilized to provide our compatriots in Italy with any support they may require. It stands ready to provide the Italian authorities with any assistance they may request.

I would like to express France’s solidarity with the Italian authorities and people. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Italy at this difficult time.