Mali: a French soldier died in combat, announces the Elysee

the essential His death brings to 52 the number of French soldiers killed in the Sahel since 2013 in the anti-jihadist operations Serval then Barkhane.

A French soldier was killed in action in Mali on Friday morning, announced the Elysee Palace in the evening, expressing “particularly strong emotion” from President Emmanuel Macron, who “reaffirms France’s determination in its fight against terrorism “.

This morning in Mali, in a fight against an armed terrorist group , Master Corporal Maxime Blasco of the 7th Battalion of Alpine Chasseurs de Varces is dead. The Nation thinks of its family, its relatives, the men and women of its regiment. , 2021

Master Corporal Maxime Blasco, of the 7th Battalion of Alpine Chasseurs de Varces (Isère), died in action “against an armed terrorist group”. In June, he received the military medal “for the exceptional value of his services”, the Elysee said in a press release.

Master Corporal Maxime Blasco died for France during combat action against a terrorist group in Mali. I bow to his courage, his deep commitment to the service of our country. My condolences to his family, to his brothers in arms, to our bereaved armies.

– Florence Parly (@florence_parly) September 24, 2021

His death brings to 52 the number of French soldiers killed in the Sahel since 2013 in the anti-jihadist operations Serval then Barkhane .

On January 2, two soldiers including a woman, both of the 2nd Hussar Regiment of Haguenau (Bas-Rhin), were killed in their light armored vehicle (LAV) by an “improvised explosive device”, during a mission of reconnaissance and intelligence. Five days before, three soldiers of the 1st regiment of hunters of Thierville-sur-Meuse (Meuse) had also been victims of a homemade bomb.

These two deadly attacks were claimed by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), affiliated with Al-Qaeda.

The Ministry of the Armed Forces sends its deepest condolences to the family, relatives and brothers in arms of Master Corporal Maxime Blasco, who died for France while fighting terrorists in the as part of Operation Barkhane, on 24 September in Mali. #MPLF pic.twitter.com/s0Xc6Vcy9J

— Ministry of the Armed Forces (@Armees_Gouv) September 24, 2021

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