Paris accuses former French hostage of irresponsible behavior by returning to Mali

The French government has accused former Malian hostage Sophie Petronin of behaving irresponsibly by returning to Mali, a year after she was released after she was kidnapped by extremist groups.

 French government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, described Petronin’s behavior to return to Mali as “an act of irresponsibility” for “its security and the security of French soldiers.”

Atal explained, “When we have citizens who are taken hostage abroad, it is our soldiers who save them from the dangers that surround their lives,” noting that “we have soldiers who were killed in the context of going to rescue hostages, who were exposed to families in foreign countries,” calling for the need to respect the lives of these people. Soldiers.

And the newspaper “Le Figaro” reported that the Bamako authorities were looking for Petronin, before returning to Mali and disappearing there.

On October 8, 2020, Petronine, who had been kidnapped since the end of 2016, was released in the city of Gao, northern Mali, by jihadists affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, as she was the last French hostage kidnapped in Mali and the world. During her kidnapping, Petronin converted to Islam.

Petronin was running a center to help orphaned children in the city of Gao, before she was kidnapped by gunmen.

Source: “France 24” + agencies

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