The first Afghans brought to safety by France after the fall of their country to the Taliban have arrived Wednesday at the Parisian airport of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle.
An Air Force plane carrying more than 200 passengers, including 25 French and a large majority of Afghans, including a large number of women and children, landed shortly before 7 p.m.
It’s here second arrival in Paris a flight from the airlift set up by France to evacuate French and Afghans from the country which fell into the hands of the Taliban. An operation that could last several more days. A first flight on Monday carried mainly French people.
President Emmanuel Macron welcomed their arrival in a tweet. “We owe it to you. Welcome“, he wrote.
On their arrival, exfiltrated Afghans must be taken care of by the French Office for Immigration and Integration (Ofii) and the France Terre Asile association, who refused to provide details of their whereabouts. ‘accommodation.
And the French airlift continues, with a new flight between the Emirates and France scheduled for Thursday, with 120 people on board, again mainly Afghans, according to a diplomatic source. 41 French people had been repatriated in the first of the rotations.
The exfiltration operation, baptized Apagan, mobilizes two air force planes on the Emirates-Kabul section and two others for flights between the Emirates and France.
According to the Elysée, before the arrivals on Wednesday, nearly 800 Afghans were welcomed on French soil as part of the “duty” to protect, between 2001 and 2014.
Furthermore, between May and July 2021, 625 people who worked for the French Embassy in Kabul (employees and families included) arrived in France, according to the same source.
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