Kabul Airport (archive image from August 30, 2021)
Photo: AAMIR QURESHI / AFP
France took around 330 people out of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on an evacuation flight.
The Foreign Ministry in Paris announced on Friday evening that there were 258 Afghans on board the machine to Qatar who are threatened as journalists or because of previous work for the French armed forces.
In addition, eleven French and around 60 Dutch were flown out.
The onward flight to France is to be organized at the weekend.
At the beginning of a two-day visit to the Gulf region, French President Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by parts of the cabinet, first traveled to the United Arab Emirates and then on to Qatar.
He is expected in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
A machine from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was used for the evacuation flight.
Since the fall of Afghanistan and its capital to the radical Islamist Taliban at the end of August, France has flown around 400 Afghans and 110 French from Kabul, the ministry said.
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