the last French evacuation plane landed at Vélizy-Villacoublay


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French evacuations from Kabul airport (Afghanistan) have been completed. The last plane of the French army landed Sunday, August 29 in Yvelines. Emmanuel Macron wishes to resume these humanitarian operations by creating a protected zone under the aegis of the United Nations.

The last French plane from Kabul, Afghanistan, landed Sunday, August 29, in the afternoon, at the military base of Vélizy-Villacoublay (Yvelines). On board, soldiers and diplomats; including the French ambassador in Afghanistan. This last flight marks the end of French evacuation operations. However, in Kabul, there are still thousands of Afghan candidates for exile. On the French list of Afghans to be evacuated, there are still hundreds of names.

Traveling in Iraq, Emmanuel Macron spoke on August 28 about the creation of a protected zone that would allow humanitarian operations to continue. Paris and London will submit this idea to the UN on August 30. “I have high hopes that he can find a favorable outcome“, commented the Head of State. The objective is to gather the Afghans near the airport and to evacuate them in civilian planes to neighboring countries like Qatar. For some experts, the establishment of this area could be risky. “It represents additional terrorist opportunities (…) and it presents the Taliban as a force with which to negotiate“, estimates Pierre Servent. The spokesman of the Taliban would have rejected the proposal of Emmanuel Macron to create this protected zone in Kabul.


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