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Entertainment Mali: Sophie Pétronin "is a fighter, she has been very strong during all these years"

15:20  09 october  2020
15:20  09 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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French ex-hostage Sophie Petronin , right, who had spent 4 years in captivity, meets with A prominent Malian politician and three European hostages freed by Islamic extremists in northern Mali this French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that he had spoken by phone with Pétronin and

Sophie Pétronin , a French aid worker who was the last French hostage in the world, landed in Mali announced the release of Frenchwoman Sophie Pétronin , 75, and Malian politician Shortly after greeting her son, Pétronin spoke with reporters. “Deep inside, I was certain that I would return,” she said. “It was a difficult period, but it has been overcome,” the 70- year -old told AFP. Prisoner swap.

The nephew of the ex-French hostage, Arnaud Granouillac, left Bordeaux this Friday morning to welcome Sophie Pétronin in Villacoublay this afternoon

Sophie pétronin avec son fils Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin © STRINGER / AFP Sophie pétronin with her son Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin RELEASE - The nephew of the ex-French hostage, Arnaud Granouillac, left Bordeaux this Friday morning to welcome Sophie Pétronin in Villacoublay this afternoon

He worked all night at Samu in Bordeaux , before jumping on a train at dawn to go to the Quai d'Orsay. It was on her descent this Friday morning at Gare Montparnasse, that Arnaud Granouillac , one of the nephews of Sophie Pétronin , the former French hostage detained in Mali for four years, answered 20 Minutes' questions.

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Between fatigue and emotion, Arnaud Granouillac tries to put his ideas back in place, to reorganize the thread of this immense day that awaits him. "There, we are expected at the Quai d´Orsay, then we leave for Villacoublay where she should arrive at noon. We will be there to welcome him of course, with my brother Lionel, my cousin's wife and his children, and my uncle. After? I don't know, we will remain at the disposal of the authorities. "

" Good news ", then the wait

How does he feel? "A lot of emotion, joy, it is finally the end of a long ordeal, it was unexpected. The nephew of the ex-Bordeaux hostage, remembers the past few days, since the announcement Tuesday of his imminent release. "Since Tuesday we had good news, then we were waiting for his arrival in Bamako ... We had to wait, but no, we had no doubts about his release. "

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 Mali: French Sophie Pétronin, Malian Soumaïla Cissé and two Italian hostages freed © Provided by Le Point Sophie Pétronin, the last French hostage in the world, has regained freedom in Mali at the same time as a priest and a young Italians as well as Malian politician Soumaïla Cissé, after months or even years of detention in the alleged hands of jihadists, the Malian authorities announced Thursday. Images shot at Bamako airport and disseminated on social networks show Ms.

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She had a pretty good feeling that the crime she believed he had committed had no time connection with his working hours, which meant she was likely to learn nothing from observing his working day. She took his silence to mean that this was a usual enough thing, and felt all the more sure of herself.

From his first speeches, the humanitarian from Bordeaux has already announced his intention to return to Gao . It doesn't surprise his nephew any more than that. “She’s a fighter, you know, and she’s been really strong during those years. However, he feels that now is not the time to look ahead. "We'll see that afterwards, we'll discuss it as a family, for now it's a great joy to be able to see her again. "And anyway, he already knows that" we're definitely not going to have our say. "

" Immense relief and joy for the entire regional council "

The announcement of the release of the ex-hostage also provoked reactions within the political class of Bordeaux. In the first place on the side of the regional council of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, which remained "fully mobilized" during these four years to "recall the fate of the last French hostage. The news of his release "is an immense relief and joy for the entire regional council."

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 Emmanuel Macron will welcome Sophie Pétronin on his return to France on Friday The President of the Republic announced on Twitter that he would welcome Sophie Pétronin on his arrival in France on Friday. The last French hostage in the world has regained freedom in Mali after four years of detention allegedly in the hands of jihadists, Malian authorities announced Thursday. © Ludovic Marin / POOL / AFP The President of the Republic announced on Twitter that he would welcome Sophie Pétronin upon her arrival in France on Friday.

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“Despite the risks involved, and in particular after having escaped a first kidnapping attempt in 2012, the Bordelaise returned to Mali in order to tirelessly continue her work with Malian orphans, in particular, within the framework of her NGO, Association d help to Gao, recalls the regional executive. Throughout her career, she has constantly demonstrated her courage, her determination and her deep humanity. "

" She had put herself at the service of others and I salute her commitment "said Pierre Hurmic

The new mayor of Bordeaux Pierre Hurmic also announced this Friday morning his" satisfaction. "" Humanitarian of Bordeaux origin, Sophie Pétronin is committed to helping orphans and destitute children in Mali through her aid association in Gao, he recalls. By moving to Mali in 2001, she put herself at the service of others and I salute her commitment. "

Many humanitarian workers" work in the shadows, sometimes at the sacrifice of their lives, continues the mayor of Bordeaux. These attacks are all the more shocking as they hit people working with vulnerable populations, motivated by values ​​of humanity and solidarity. "

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© Christophe ARCHAMBAULT General François Lecointre, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, in November 2019 in Paris The Chief of Staff Major of the French armies insisted on Wednesday that the jihadists who freed several hostages in Mali, including the French Sophie Pétronin, were "terrorist groups" that the French army would continue to fight "with the last determination". "There are remarks that were made at the time of Ms.

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