Renaud Girard: "Let us renounce the presidential reception of hostages"

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Renaud Girard: "Let us renounce the presidential reception of hostages"

 Renaud Girard: "Let us renounce the presidential reception of hostages"


Emmanuel Macron was content to take up a ritual invented by Jacques Chirac and which Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande took up after him.


The President of the French Republic had decided to come in person to welcome the ex-hostage on the tarmac of the aerodrome.

The President of the French Republic had decided to come in person to welcome the ex-hostage on the tarmac of the aerodrome. 

On Friday October 9, 2020, the French Republic was in all its senses to welcome, in front of the television cameras, the hostage Sophie Pétronin, released the day before by jihadists from northern Mali . The aid worker was kidnapped on December 24, 2016 by a group linked to al-Qaida. France had dispatched a private jet to bring Franco-Switzerland back as quickly as possible to the Villacoublay base. It is, in the Paris region, the airport of the French armies, which had, throughout 2016, begged in vain for Ms. Pétronin to leave Gao (a town located on the Niger river, 1,100 km to the north -est of Bamako), because of the very high risk that she ran of one day serving as a hostage to a jihadist group.

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