the essential Humanitarian aid Sophie Pétronin who had been kidnapped in Mali, then released in 2020 went back to live there in March.
Five months after being freed, Sophie Pétronin, a former Franco-Swiss hostage aged 76 years has decided to go back to Mali. She moved to the capital, Bamako, in March.
A return that had been done with a certain discretion, until recently. Since then, reactions have multiplied, in particular that by the government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, who evoked, Wednesday, November 4, “a form of irresponsibility” on the part of Sophie Pétronin, in relation to “her security” and to that of “our soldiers”.
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Others, like Marine Le Pen, have also reacted: “This behavior is not only irresponsible and ungrateful, it is indecent and unworthy, “she wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Faced with this emerging controversy, the son of the ex-hostage, Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin spoke on Thursday at the microphone of BFMTV. “I want to play down everything that has been said, we wanted to get out of the silence to restore the truth and we hope to be able to regain anonymity afterwards.”
Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin confirmed that her mother had been in Bamako for several months, where she “is extremely discreet and respects a security protocol that has been put in place with a private escort, according to the recommendations of the Quai d’Orsay”. A protocol that he will ensure himself during his on-site visit “in the coming days”, also an opportunity to meet the Malian authorities, he specifies.
“It was very difficult for my mother”
The reasons for her return to Malian land are multiple according to her son: first , to find her adopted daughter who is there, but also because during the six months since her return, Sophie Pétronin “was very unhappy”, says Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin.
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“As soon as you get off the plane I understood that we were leaving for another fight: we must heal the wounds, start reconstruction. It was very difficult for my mother. She’s a woman who is in the fall of her life, she wanted to be where she felt best, or maybe least worst. “
He underlines many paradoxes: “We boast of having freed Sophie Pétronin, but we are ashamed of it, we want to celebrate her return, but we do not make a speech. We want to pass my mother off as the bad guy … This story takes on monumental proportions while it doesn’t hurt anyone. “Her son concludes:” She would like everyone to forget about it. “