Nigeria (20 April 2018)

On Nigeria: It’s been four years since the Chibok girls were kidnapped from their school. Some managed to escape and others were freed by Nigerian forces. How is France involved in gaining the release of those still being held?

Four years ago, 276 young schoolgirls were kidnapped in Chibok by the terrorist group Boko Haram. We have not forgotten these girls who were so brutally targeted while they were at school. Our thoughts go out to them and their families.

Since then, most of the girls have been freed or have managed to escape. But the fate of several dozen others remains unknown. We know through the accounts of freed hostages that some were forced to marry and others are dead. Those responsible for these actions must be brought to justice.

France, which in the aftermath of the Chibok abduction convened a meeting in Paris of heads of state from the countries neighboring Lake Chad to facilitate the coordination of their efforts, remains engaged alongside Nigeria and its neighbors in the fight against Boko Haram. We support the efforts that have been made to combat terrorism and find abductees, especially the Chibok girls. We will continue to provide our full support to Nigeria and the countries of the region in the fight against Boko Haram, notably through our backing of the Multinational Joint Task Force.