Paris, 12 January 2013
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was deeply shocked to learn of the death of a French officer in Mali on Friday, 11 January.
Lieutenant Damien Boiteux of the Pau 4th Special Forces Helicopter Regiment was fatally wounded during an engagement with armed terrorist groups.
The Prime Minister offers his sincerest condolences to his family and friends. He shares their grief and that of his brothers in arms.
He pays tribute to the unfailing courage of our service personnel engaged alongside the Malian armed forces./.