On August 9, 2020, six French aid workers and their Nigerien colleague – all of whom worked with ACTED, a French humanitarian NGO – were murdered in a cowardly attack in Niger, along with the Nigerien guide who had accompanied them to the Kouré area.
Our thoughts go out to their families and loved ones. France joins in the tribute being held today by their families and ACTED.
Judicial investigations are still under way to ensure that this crime does not go unpunished and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
As Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna said during her visit to that country on July 15, France supports Niger in its fight against terrorism in the Sahel and in its efforts to stabilize and develop the country through an increasing number of partnerships in a variety of sectors.
France will continue to demand full compliance with the protections extended to humanitarian personnel and healthcare workers under international humanitarian law.