French hostage Sophie Pétronin launched in Mali after 1,381 days in captivity

Armed Islamist extremists kidnapped Sophie Pétronin within the metropolis of Gao in December 2016. Pétronin, now 75, was working a charity for kids affected by malnutrition.

Malian politician Soumaïla Cissé was additionally launched after being held for practically seven months, the nation’s president’s workplace stated in a tweet.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron was “immensely relieved” to be taught of Pétronin’s launch, in line with an announcement issued by the French authorities.

“The President of the Republic particularly thanks the Malian authorities for this launch,” the assertion stated. “He assures them of France’s total will to help Mali within the combat it’s waging with perseverance towards terrorism.”

Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin beside a photograph of his mother, Sophie Pétronin, in Bordeaux on August 29, 2018.
Pétronin’s nephew, Lionel Granouillac, informed CNN affiliate BFM TV on Tuesday that his aunt had been launched after being held captive for 1,381 days. It was solely on Thursday that the governments of Mali and France formally confirmed she and Cissé had been freed.
Pétronin’s son, Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin, was within the nation’s capital, Bamako, able to greet his mom. He informed France 24 on Tuesday that he was fearful about what state he would discover her in.

“I anticipate finding somebody sick, very weak. I hope she will be able to nonetheless see, I do not assume she will be able to stand,” he stated. “It doesn’t matter what state she is in, I do know she continues to be lucid. I’m trying ahead to seeing her once more.”

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