French Rescue Four Hostages Lose Two Soldiers

Viva Liberty!

French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France's military said on Friday, adding that two of the elite soldiers were killed in the night-time operation.

French special forces carried out the raid under cover of dark over the night of Thursday-Friday, supported by U.S. intelligence and troops from France's Barkhane operation deployed in the Sahel region to counter Islamist militants.

All four hostages were safe, President Emmanuel Macron's office said, adding that a U.S. woman and a South Korean woman were also freed in the covert operation.

I want to extend our thanks to France, our oldest ally, for their sacrifice in freeing our citizen.

Let us never forget who fights for liberty.


I cannot find these hero's names, but if anyone has the identity of those lost, please post in comments and we'll list them here.


They were identified as petty officers CÚdric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello. A Facebook post by the French Navy added that both men received numerous awards and recognitions throughout their military careers, such as the Gold Level of the National Defense Medal.

Posted by: Howie at 06:49 AM


1 no one was aware that the american woman was missing yet. i suppose it's a reason to not nuke every known camp from orbit.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at May 11, 2019 03:41 PM

2 two very nice looking upstanding Frenchmen whose lives were taken from them while they were doing good. That's a real shame. I hope there is retribution for these men's lives. Perhaps evil is prevailing at this time because good men (and women) failed to stand up early on.

Posted by: Calypso Jones at May 13, 2019 05:46 PM

3 Now I am free to name them heroes. No better way to go.

Posted by: Doom at May 15, 2019 06:24 AM

4 Is "gold level" equivalent to Navy Cross, or Silver Star?

Posted by: Rodney Stanton at May 21, 2019 11:16 AM

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