The spokesperson for the government strongly criticised the ex hostage for her return to Mali, where they had held her for 4 years prior to her release in October 2020.
The government deplored this Wednesday, November 3 the return to Mali of the former French hostage Sophie Pétronin, denouncing through the voice of his spokesperson Gabriel Attal a “Forms of irresponsibility”With respect to “His security.” but also vis-à-vis “The security and safety of our soldiers”.
According to several French media reports, the Secretary of State confirmed the release to Mali of the septuagenarian, who was kidnapped December 2016 in Gao and released in October 2020. Mediapart claims that the ex-hostage has been returning to Mali since March 2016, information Gabriel Attal refused to comment on.
“When we have nationals who are taken hostage abroad, it is our soldiers who will rescue them at the risk of their lives, we have soldiers who have been killed in the course of operations to go and rescue hostages who had been taken prisoner in foreign countries ”Gabriel Attal, who requested it, highlighted the words Respect for our soldiers. “We are closely monitoring the situation, and the Quai D’Orsay is also monitoring it.”, added the spokesperson without giving details on the situation of Sophie Pétronin.
According to French media, Malian authorities also stated that on Saturday they wished “Apprehend it”The Malian regime issued a wanted notice. In October 2020, without real consultation with Paris, the new Malian regime had decided to release several dozen prisoners arrested during anti-jihadist operations, against 4 hostages including the French Sophie Pétronin.
Gabriel Attal’s return to Mali was confirmed by several political leaders on the right side of the spectrum. “This behavior, in addition to being irresponsible & ungrateful is also indecent & unworthy.”Marine Le Pen has denunciated. “200 jihadists were released to save Sophie Pétronin from her captivity. These enemies of France were able to take up arms against our soldiers who risk their lives for our security ”, which also highlighted the RN candidate in the presidential election.
“Irresponsible” is a strong word, especially since our soldiers sacrificed their lives to find her. The Stockholm syndrome is not an excuse., regretted the president of RN Jordan Bardella.
“It is a sacrilege vis-à-vis our soldiers, France. Our soldiers are killed in Mali. We release their assassins and their enemies to save her. It’s completely unacceptable considering France’s efforts.CNews denounced Nicolas Dupont, presidential candidate and president of Debout-La France on CNews
Boris Vallaud, spokesperson for PS, did not conceal his embarrassment. “I would suggest at the most that it leaves you wary and incomprehensible.”He also commented on SudRadio.