Death for France in Mali, Master Corporal Maxime Blasco will be honored at Les Invalides.
On Saturday September 25, Colonel Erwan le Calvez, corps commander of the 7th battalion of Alpine hunters, in which the Isère soldier was engaged, told France Bleu that a national ceremony would be organized next week at Les Invalides, in Paris.
Another ceremony is also planned in Varces, "
surrounded by his brothers in arms of the battalion
The exact dates remain to be confirmed.
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His wife and parents have been warned.
We surround them with a whole system of the health service and the family unit, to help them overcome this ordeal,
”commented the senior officer.
A test joined by the brothers in arms of Master Corporal Blasco: “
From the moment you embrace the profession of arms, professional and private life mingle.
When we speak of the great family of the battalion, it is all the “7”
(the 7th battalion, NDRL)
which joins the mourning of the family
52 French soldiers killed in action since 2013
On Friday September 24, Master Corporal Maxime Blasco fell in action at the age of 34.
In the heart of the N'Daki forest, on the border between Mali and Burkina Faso, the soldier "
was hit by a sniper, which was neutralized by the commandos
", on a mission in the area, reports the press release. of the General Staff of the Armed Forces.
Seriously wounded, he quickly succumbed to his wounds, becoming the 52nd French soldier to die in combat since the launch of the armed intervention in Mali in 2013.
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Today, around fifty alpine hunters from Varces are still deployed in Mali, where they regularly intervene in the field.
When terrorists are deployed, due to the small volume of our troops, we can project them with helicopters to intervene and recognize the positions on which they have been located
", explains Colonel Calvez to France Bleu.