The French special forces released four hostages in the north of the country on Thursday night, including one American. His identity has not been revealed.
American satisfaction. US President Donald Trump said Monday that the French had done a “great job” by releasing hostages, including an American, in northern Burkina Faso, at the cost of the death of two French soldiers.
“The French did a great job and we really appreciate it,” Donald Trump told the White House, recalling that the Americans had contributed to this operation by providing information to the French.
- 28 days of detention
The French special forces released four hostages in the night from Thursday to Friday: two French, one South Korean and one American. The presence of these two women in Burkina Faso was not known. According to the French General François Lecointre, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, the two women were reportedly detained for “28 days”. The two French had been captured nine days earlier.
Great discretion surrounds the former US hostage, whose repatriation was organized independently of the other three released. When questioned, the US State Department declined to comment on her identity, the circumstances and the date of her abduction.
A ceremony of national homage to the two French soldiers Cédric de Pierrepont, 33 years old and Alain Bertoncello, 28, tuésen releasing these four hostages, is organized this Tuesday morning in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris, in the presence of the president.