World Charline, Léo, Stella ... Who were the six French victims of the attack in Niger?

12:26  11 august  2020
12:26  11 august  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

French tourists among eight killed in Niger attack

  French tourists among eight killed in Niger attack They were in a region which attracts visitors who want to see the last herds of giraffe in West Africa. It is not yet clear who is behind the attack. How West Africa is under threat from Islamist militants What Niger is like The French government warns people against travelling to large parts of the former French colony outside the capital Niamey.Militant groups including Boko Haram operate in the area and violence by groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State has been on the rise in the Sahel region.

Gunmen have attacked a group of aid workers in Niger , killing six French citizens, their local guide and driver, officials say. In photos seen by the BBC, the victims ' bodies were found lying on a dirt road by the side of a 4x4 vehicle. It is not yet clear who was behind the attack , but jihadist groups

Six of them were French aid workers for the Paris-based ACTED and Geneva-based IMPACT Initiatives NGOs. The other victims were their driver The two countries' leaders, France's Emmanuel Macron and Niger 's Issoufou Mahamadou, have also condemned the attack and discussed the issue

These humanitarian workers from the NGO Acted, four women and two men killed in an attack on Sunday in the Kouré area, were between 25 and 35 years old, and were highly educated.

L'entrée des locaux de l'ONG Acted à Niamey, le 10 août 2020. © BOUREIMA HAMA / AFP Entrance to the premises of the NGO Acted in Niamey, August 10, 2020.

Charline, Myriam, Nadifa, Stella, Antonin, Léo. Names and faces for the victims of attack in the Kouré region on Sunday. The six Frenchmen, their guide and their driver were murdered by armed men on motorcycles during a tourist excursion in the town of Kouré. The attack, denounced as "terrorist" by Niamey and Paris, is the first to target French people in this sector. Who are these six French victims?

6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park

  6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Unidentified gunmen killed six French citizens and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, the West African nation’s interior ministry said. French President Emmanuel Macron's office confirmed that some French citizens were killed during the attack but would not elaborate. Macron had a phone call with Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou on Sunday evening, his office said. The attack took place in Koure, where Niger has a giraffe reserve, Oumarou Moussa, the adviser to Niger's interior minister, told The Associated Press.

The victims were six French citizens and one Nigerien working for ACTED and Geneva-based IMPACT Initiatives. The other victim was their Nigerien guide, who was the president of the guides at the park. French Foreign Affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned the attack on Monday

Bonnet was a resident of the village of Roquebilliere, where he owned a small business breeding and selling fish. He is survived by a Yasmine Bouzegan Marzouk lost three family members in the truck attack in July and spoke at a national ceremony in tribute to French victims of terrorist attacks .


"We will not forget her. We send our sincere condolences to her uncle, family, friends and loved ones." The first public tribute was paid on Monday for Charline, 30, by the University of Aix-Marseille. It is within this establishment that the young woman, originally from Normandy, obtained a doctorate in management sciences in 2016.

Charline also gave courses. "I was lucky to have her as a teacher from 2015 to 2018", explains Claire, one of her students, at Parisien . She had a strong personality and knew how to hold a class. But we also laughed a lot, we were very attached to her. "Working for two years at the French Embassy in Nigeria, she had just been hired by Acted, according to Nice Matin .


It had been more than two years that Myriam, originally from Toulouse, worked for the French NGO. First in Paris, then stationed in Tunisia, Chad, and finally in Niger, for only a few months.

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After a communication and information degree in Toulouse, she graduated, since 2018, with a master's degree in International Affairs and Development, "Peace Studies" course ", in Paris-Dauphine." Myriam loved helping people, explains one of her friends to Le Parisien. She was smiling. This mission in Niger was her dream, she was proud. "


According to Le Parisien, Nadifa had just joined the ranks of the French NGO. This thirty-something had graduated from several masters in law and management. She was preparing also a thesis on the arms trade, at the University of Aix-Marseille. After working at Axa and Veolia, she changed fields in 2015 and joined the Ministry of the Armed Forces, specifies the daily. She had notably been in Post in the Central African Republic as part of a military mission, she then reoriented herself in humanitarian work after having followed a training course at the Bioforce Institute at the end of 2019.

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  Troops launch manhunt after Niger killings, France sets terror probe Troops in Niger backed by French air power launched a hunt Monday for the killers of eight people, six of them French nationals, as prosecutors in Paris announced a terror investigation into their deaths. "Search operations with our partners are underway to root out the people behind these vile acts and strengthen security in the area," the Nigerien interior ministry said. The French military, which has a 5,100-member anti-jihadist force in the Sahel, said it was providing air support for the operation, which is unfolding over a vast wooded area.

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Originally from Montpellier, Stella had just joined Acted. The 28-year-old young woman had studied marketing before also going through training at the Bioforce Institute, as Le Parisien further specifies. She had carried out a first humanitarian mission for the NGO Oxfam, in Rep. ublique Central African, in May 2019. She then oversaw the mobilization and management of funds and subsidies.


Originally from Brittany, Antonin had joined the École nationale supérieure Paris-Saclay in Cachan, in Val-de-Marne. After a master's degree in economics, he became a research assistant in a center attached to the National School of Statistics and Economic Administration (Ensae), as his professional profile indicates.

He had previously carried out a mission for Acted in Mali, as financial manager.


25 years old, this young brunette was the youngest of the group. Léo had a volunteer contract for the NGO Acted, a contract between volunteering and salaried work. According to his professional profile, he had been taking care of logistics issues for the NGO in Niger since April, after having completed a four-month internship at the headquarters in Paris. Originally from Brittany, he had just graduated from a business school in Rennes.

Niger says suspect arrested in killing of French aid workers .
A suspect has been arrested after eight people, including six French aid workers, were murdered by armed men near the capital Niamey, Niger's interior minister Alkache Alhada has said. The aid workers, two men and four women from a French NGO called ACTED, were killed on August 9 with their Nigerien guide and driver while visiting the Koure National Park, a giraffe haven and tourist hotspot outside the capital where they were based. "At theThe aid workers, two men and four women from a French NGO called ACTED, were killed on August 9 with their Nigerien guide and driver while visiting the Koure National Park, a giraffe haven and tourist hotspot outside the capital where they were based.

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