Entertainment Sophie Pétronin returned to France, welcomed by Emmanuel Macron
Mali hostage's son still awaiting news after jihadists' release
The son of a French aid worker taken hostage in Mali said on Wednesday he was still awaiting news about his mother after speculation intensified following the release of detained jihadists. Hopes that 75-year-old Sophie Petronin and abducted Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse may soon be released surged at the weekend when security sources said Mali's new government had freed scores of jihadists. But Petronin's son, Sebastien Chadaud, whoHopes that 75-year-old Sophie Petronin and abducted Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse may soon be released surged at the weekend when security sources said Mali's new government had freed scores of jihadists.
Sophie Pétronin landed this Friday, October 9 at Villacoublay airport around 12:45 p.m. The one who was the last French hostage held in the world was greeted on her arrival by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.
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Sophie Pétronin, who spent four years in the hands of a suspected jihadist group, was then embraced for a long time by her relatives, about fifteen of whom were present at the scene. She will then undergo medical examinations, and will be debriefed by French intelligence.Interview with the Head of State
Sophie Pétronin was then embraced for a long time by her relatives, of whom about fifteen were present on the scene. The head of state was to meet with Sophie Pétronin and her family in the main salon. The head of state declaration, once considered, was eventually quashed and Emmanuel Macron left Villacoublay airport shortly before 2 p.m.
'Mama Sophie', kidnapped Frenchwoman who spent years feeding Malian children
Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, freed in Mali on Thursday after a long kidnap ordeal, dedicated years of her life to running a charity for malnourished children in the conflict-ridden Sahel state. - 'Doubly careful' - Confidence in her mission did not blind Petronin to the dangers present in Mali, and she wrote in a 2016 report for her charity that "risks of kidnapping targeting Westerners remains very high", and vowing to be "doubly careful"."She handed out food supplies. Parents came to ask her advice.
Sophie Pétronin was released at the same time as a priest and a young Italian, as well as the Malian politician Soumaïla Cissé.
This is the second time that Emmanuel Macron has welcomed ex-hostages back in France after the two tourists released in Burkina Faso in May 2019.
The French are delighted with me to finally see you again dear Sophie Pétronin. Welcome home ! https://t.co/OMmrLnBnY7—EmmanuelMacron (@Emmanuel Macron)
Demonstrations in France will pay tribute to slain teacher .
PARIS (AP) — Demonstrations around France have been called in support of freedom of speech and to pay tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded near Paris after discussing caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class. Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday by a 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee who was shot dead by police. Political leaders, associations and unions will demonstrate Sunday afternoon in Paris and in other major cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux. © Provided by Associated Press Residents gather outside the school where a slain history teacher was working, Saturday, Oct.