Armed Islamist extremists kidnapped Sophie Pétronin within the metropolis of Gao in December 2016. Pétronin, now 75, was operating a charity for youngsters affected by malnutrition.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron was “immensely relieved” to study of Pétronin’s launch, in line with an announcement issued by the French authorities.
“The President of the Republic especially thanks the Malian authorities for this release,” the assertion mentioned. “He assures them of France’s entire will to support Mali in the fight it is waging with perseverance against terrorism.”
“I expect to find someone sick, very weak. I hope she can still see, I don’t think she can stand,” he mentioned. “No matter what state she is in, I know she is still lucid. I am looking forward to seeing her again.”