President Macron meets with hostages from West African militant camp, commemorates heroes eliminated in resc … – Fox News
Freed French captives Laurent Lassimouillas, left, and Patrick Picque, 2nd right, are welcomed by French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Defense and Minister Florence Parly, 2nd left, at Villacoublay’s military airport, west of Paris, France, Saturday, Might 11,2019 Authorities stated 2 French unique forces officers and 4 “terrorists” were killed in Friday’s pre-dawn military operation in northern Burkina Faso.
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Macron expressed acknowledgements for the two French Special Forces officers who died conserving 4 captives from the Burkina Faso militant camp throughout a rescue operation.
Two of the hostages present in France Saturday were determined as Frenchmen Laurent Lassimouillas and Patrick Picque, while the third was an unidentified South Korean woman. The fourth hostage, an American female, was not recognized, and was flown back to the United States without speaking to Macron, according to The Daily Mail.
Macron spoke to the hostages as they got off the aircraft at the Villacoublay Air Base southwest of Paris, making note of the sacrifice made by the Unique Forces officers.
” All our ideas go to the households of the soldiers and to the soldiers who lost their lives to release us from this hell,” Lassimouillas stated. “We desired to present our condolences right away to those households because we feel ambivalent about everything that took place to us.”
This picture supplied Friday Might 10, 2019 by the French army shows navy soldiers Cédric de Pierrepont, left, and Alain Bertoncello. Two French soldiers have been killed in a military operation in the West African nation of Burkina Faso that released four people from the U.S., France and South Korea who were abducted in neighboring Benin.
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The soldiers were determined as petty officers Cédric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello. A Facebook post by the French Navy added that both guys got various awards throughout their military careers.
Lassimouillas and Picque, both music teachers, had actually disappeared in Pendjari National Park in Benin on May 1. The Frenchmen spoke about the death of the Beninese park guide, who was killed when they were drawn from the safari and transferred to the military camp. They revealed regret over what happened and French authorities say their captors were ‘terrorists’ who prepared to carry them to an Al Qaeda affiliate in Mali.
The raid that conserved the captives took place Thursday night in the Western African country of Burkina Faso, France says.
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The U.S. State Department warns Americans to “reassess travel” to Burkina Faso as “terrorist groups continue outlining attacks and kidnappings … and might perform attacks anywhere.”