Brigadier Alexandre Martin was killed on Saturday January 22 after the mortar attack on the Operation Barkhane military camp in Gao. He was 24 years old.
The death of a french military in Mali Saturday night is “terrible news“, reacts this Sunday Gabriel Attal, government spokesman, guest of Political issues on France Inter. “This is terrible news. I want to have a word for him, for Brigadier Alexandre Martin, and a word of solidarity with his family, with his brothers in arms“, he declares.
Gabriel Attal reaffirms the government’s desire to “Carry on” l’action de la force Barkhane in Mali because leaving means risking the establishment of “rear bases” of terrorism on the spot. Nevertheless, it also recalls the will of Emmanuel Macron “d’adapter“the French presence on the spot.
.@GabrielAttal following the death of a French soldier killed on Saturday in Mali: “Fighting terrorism on the spot is also protecting the French at home, in France”. #QuestionsPol pic.twitter.com/Cx6B1aYubh
– France Inter (@franceinter) January 23, 2022
Commitment to Mali: “It also means protecting the French in France”
The government spokesperson says that “we are committed in Mali to fight against terrorism and to fight against terrorism on the spot, it is also to protect the French at home in France since we know that terrorist projects which take place on our territory have sometimes been prepared, organized since the ‘foreigner. The fight against international terrorism is also a priority to protect France“.