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France to declassify documents on RFI reporters’ murder in Mali

Flowers were placed at the foot of this statue at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris.
Flowers were placed at the foot of this statue at the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. DR
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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says secret documents on last year ‘s murder of the two RFI reporters in Mali will be declassified. Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were killed while reporting on the conflict in the north of the country.


Cazeneuve was responding to a request by Claude Verlon’s daughter at a ceremony for victims of terrorism in Paris on Friday.

Appoline Verlon said it was impossible for the victims’ families to grieve properly without knowing the truth about their deaths.

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Cazeneuve immediately responded with a promise to make the documents public.

“I've heard Appoline's request which was dignified yet understandably angry and would like to say this - The state owes you the truth,” he said. “It must face up to its responsibilites. You deserve to know the truth. The state must proceed with the declassification of documents in its possesssion so that the truth can be known.”

About 200 people attended the ceremony, an annual event that started in 1989 after a bomb killed 170 people aboard a DC10 flying from Brazzaville to Paris.

Tributes were paid to Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon and to Dominique Sabrier, who was killed in May’s attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum, Gilberto Rodrigues Léal, a hostage killed in Mali, and Corinne and Anne Dechaufour, who were killed in the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi.

Cazeneuve stressed the importance of anti-terror legislation going through parliament at the moment, whose main purpose is to prevent French nationals joining jihadi groups such as those fighting in Iraq and Syria at the moment.

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