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France's Macron pays respects to soldiers killed in Mali, says battle goes on

REUTERS/Charles Platiau

President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute on Monday to 13 French soldiers killed in Mali last week and vowed no respite in the fight against Islamist militants in the region.

The soldiers died when their helicopters collided in the dark as they hunted militants. It was the biggest loss of French troops in a single day since an attack in Beirut 36 years ago when 58 soldiers died.

“Thirteen of our bravest soldiers... have died for France and for the protection of the people of the Sahel, for the security of their compatriots and the freedom of the world and us all,” Macron said at a ceremony at the Hotel des Invalides also attended by Mali’s president.

2nd Dec 2019


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