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World The Paris-Dakar finally stopped after the explosion of a vehicle?

15:30  07 january  2022
15:30  07 january  2022 Source:   parismatch.com

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The question of a judgment of the Dakar-2022 rally in Saudi Arabia "remains asked", explained French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian.

  Le Paris-Dakar finalement stoppé après l'explosion d'un véhicule? © Reuters / Hamad I Mohammed

The question of a judgment of the Rally Dakar-2022 in Saudi Arabia is "pose" after the explosion that touched a vehicle and which is "perhaps" linked to a "terrorist attack" , said Friday the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. "We thought that maybe it was worth to give up this sports event. The organizers decided to (the) maintain," he said on BFMTV and RMC radio.

"In these cases, it is necessary to be very precautionary, at least put in place sufficient and reinforced protection devices. I think they did it but in any case the question remains as", have he adds. "There may have been a terrorist attack on the Dakar," said the leader of French diplomacy, calling the Saudi authorities at "the greatest transparency".

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The explosion that touched the car, on December 30 in Jeddah, the second largest city of Saudi Arabia, seriously injured the driver, French Philippe Boutron . The Saudi authorities removed Saturday the track of a criminal act to explain what they described as "accident".

a preliminary investigation for "attempting murderers in relation to a terrorist company"

but the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized from the beginning that "the hypothesis of a criminal act" was "not discarded" and that "The terrorist threat persists in Saudi Arabia". The French anti-terrorist public prosecutor has announced to open Tuesday a preliminary investigation for "attempted murders in relation to a terrorist company".

"We said and the Saudi organizers and officials that it was necessary to be very transparent about what it had just happened, because there were assumptions that it could be a terrorist act," said Jean-Yves The Drian .

"There have already been terrorist acts in Saudi Arabia against French interests," he pointed out.

In October 2020, a knife attack had injured a guard from the French consulate in Jeddah. Two weeks later, an attack was aimed at a ceremony for the anniversary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918, in the presence of Western diplomats, including French, making two wounded.

Walkner must return the Dakar guide .
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