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French hostage in Mali: “We do not forget” the journalist Olivier Dubois, assures Emmanuel Macron

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During his wishes to the press, Emmanuel Macron had a special thought on Tuesday for Olivier Dubois, a journalist held hostage in Mali since April 2021 by a jihadist group. “We do not forget” Olivier Dubois, testified the Head of State, who assured that France “is fully mobilized” to obtain his release. “A tireless work is carried out by our diplomatic teams, our soldiers and the competent services”, affirmed the President of the Republic at the Elysée Palace.

“You know my very great reservations” to “give more details”, “but I want you to be sure that we are fully mobilized to work for his release”, he added, specifying that the State was “alongside his family”. A few minutes earlier, Olivier Bost, president of the Presidential Press Association (APP) and journalist at RTL, had mentioned the fate of Olivier Dubois, “the only French hostage in the world” since the release in October 2020 of Sophie Pétronin, also kidnapped in Mali.

His family recently denounced an “unbearable silence”

The 47-year-old freelance journalist, who has lived and worked in Mali since 2015, announced his abduction in a video broadcast on May 5, 2021, explaining that he was kidnapped on April 8 in Gao, in the north of the country, by the Support Group to Islam and Muslims (GSIM), the main jihadist alliance in the Sahel, linked to Al-Qaeda. At the end of May, France had confirmed that he was a hostage of a jihadist group and the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (Pnat) had opened a preliminary investigation for “kidnapping in an organized gang” and “in connection with a terrorist enterprise”.

The family of Olivier Dubois denounced, at the beginning of January, the silence of the authorities on his fate by launching a petition for his release. “We don’t know anything. This absence of information and this silence are unbearable, while Olivier is in an emergency situation, ”wrote his family at the time.

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