Death of a French solider in Mali – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (6 April 2017)

It was with immense sadness that I learned of the death of a corporal from Angers 6th Engineer Regiment, who was engaged in France’s fight against terrorism in Mali.

My thoughts go to his family, close friends and brothers in arms, to whom I extend my most sincere condolences.

In Gao tomorrow with my German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, I shall pay tribute to this soldier, who sacrificed his life in an essential battle for the peace and security of Mali, the whole region and, beyond that, our own security.