Spain - Terrorist attack in Barcelona - Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian (17 August 2017) [fr]

Paris, 18 August 2017

I was deeply shocked to learn of the toll of the attack committed in Barcelona, for which Daesh [so-called ISIL] has claimed responsibility. I condemn it in the strongest terms.

Twenty-six French people were injured, at least 11 of them seriously. My thoughts go out to those compatriots and their loved ones, to whom I extend my heartfelt sympathy at this painful time.

Today I’ll be going to Barcelona to visit the French victims of this cowardly act and assure the Spanish people and authorities of France’s support.

As soon as the attack was announced, I asked a crisis unit to be set up at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, to review the safety of our compatriots in Barcelona and respond to their loved ones. Its staff have been working actively throughout the night and have so far received more than 3,200 calls. The unit is still open, and is continuing to answer calls.

In Barcelona, our consulate general, in liaison with the Spanish authorities, is doing everything to provide the necessary support to the French people affected by the attack. To respond to the emergency, I’ve asked medical professionals to be sent there. The first ones are arriving today to provide psychological support and assist the bereaved. Additional staff are expected to be sent.

The safety of our fellow citizens abroad is an absolute priority to which officials of the Ministry and its French diplomatic and consular network are committed on a daily basis. I thank all those who acted immediately and with dedication in Barcelona, Madrid and Paris to lend assistance to the victims and their loved ones./.

In Barcelona, our Consulate-General, in liaison with the Spanish authorities, is doing everything possible to provide support to the French citizens affected by this attack. In order to respond to the emergency, I have asked for health professionals to be sent to Barcelona. The first will arrive today to provide psychological support and to assist the families of the victims. Further reinforcements are planned.

The safety of our citizens abroad is an absolute priority to which the staff of the Ministry and its diplomatic and consular network are committed on a daily basis. I would like to thank all those who responded immediately and with devotion in Barcelona, Madrid and Paris to assist the victims and their friends and family./.

publie le 18/08/2017

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