France sets up crisis cell after EgyptAir flight disappears

Disappearance of EgyptAir flight – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 19 May 2016

Following the disappearance of the EgyptAir flight between Paris and Cairo, I have instructed a crisis cell to be opened at the Foreign Ministry and the following hotline number to be set up: +33 (0) 1 43 17 55 95.

The Ministry’s teams and our embassy in Cairo are fully mobilized to obtain any information on the disappearance.

I share the anxiety of the passengers’ families./.

Disappearance of EgyptAir flight – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (excerpts)

Paris, 19 May 2016

The French President had a conversation with Egyptian President Sisi about the disappearance overnight of the EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo.

They agreed to cooperate closely to establish the circumstances of the disappearance as quickly as possible. (...)./.

Disappearance of EgyptAir flight – Telephone conversation between M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and his Egyptian counterpart, Mr Sameh Shukry – Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman

Paris, 19 May 2016

M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, spoke on the telephone to Mr Sameh Shukry, his Egyptian counterpart, about the disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804, which was flying from Paris to Cairo.

Jean-Marc Ayrault expressed France’s solidarity with Egypt in this terrible ordeal, which also involves French nationals. The two ministers stressed the need for close coordination between the two countries when it comes to providing assistance to the passengers’ families and seeking the causes of the disappearance.

The two ministers will remain in contact in the coming hours and have agreed to talk to each other again over the course of the day./.

Disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804 – Statement by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic (excerpts)

Paris, 19 May 2016

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Before closing this conference, I’m sure you will understand if I go back to what happened during the night, in the early hours of the morning. I was informed that the plane that was to leave Roissy, that did in fact take off from Roissy for Cairo, Egypt, was lost, and that there was reason to fear that it had crashed. The information that we – along with the Prime Minister, members of the government, and of course the Egyptian authorities – were able to obtain confirmed, alas, that this plane crashed and was lost. It had 66 people on board in all, including the crew and security personnel. Among them were 15 French nationals. We therefore contacted the families concerned, and the crisis cell was immediately activated.

We are working with the Egyptian authorities to ensure that all the families receive support and information at this difficult time, and they have our solidarity and our compassion. This is not the first time that such a disaster has occurred, and we know what it means for the families and loved ones. But it is also our duty to learn everything we can about the causes of what happened, and no hypothesis is being ruled out or given priority over others.

I therefore want everything to be made available to the Greek and Egyptian authorities so that, working together, we can send boats and planes to find out where the plane crashed and, if possible, find debris that will allow us to uncover the truth.

And once we have the truth, we must draw all the necessary conclusions about whether this was an accident or another possibility that is on all our minds: an act of terrorism. But at this stage, our top priority is showing our solidarity with the families and seeking the causes of this disaster.

I know that the French government is mobilized, I know that many organizations – beginning, of course, with the airline in question, as well as the authorities of friendly countries, and foremost among them, the Egyptian authorities – are mobilized, and we will get to the truth./.

Published on 24/05/2016

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