France extends its condolences to victims of boat tragedy

Press briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Deputy Spokesman (excerpts)

Paris, 6 August 2015

Sinking of a boat off the coast of Libya (5 August 2015)

We were shocked to learn of the sinking of a boat off the coast of Libya, which has left many people dead or missing. France extends its condolences to all of the families of the victims of this tragedy.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 2,000 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean according to International Organization for Migration estimates. Yesterday’s tragedy demonstrates more than ever the need for European mobilization in order to provide a strong, coordinated and comprehensive response to a challenge that affects us all. France is playing its full role in this effort. (…)./.

Published on 12/08/2015

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