THEFrance continues to evacuate the Afghans most actively threatened by the new Taliban regime. On Friday 3 December, French diplomacy announced that it had evacuated 258 Afghans “threatened because of their commitments”. The concerned left Kabul by plane during the day, towards Doha (Qatar). They will then be welcomed in France.
Among the evacuees, said the Foreign Ministry, are journalists or civilian personnel who collaborated on the spot with the French army. Eleven French and sixty Dutch and their dependents were also evacuated by the same flight.
According to Paris, “since September 10, 110 French people and their dependents as well as 396 Afghans to be placed in protection have been evacuated on 10 separate flights organized by Qatar”, adds the press release, while thanking the emirate “warmly”. for his “decisive help in the planning and execution of these complex operations”. Since the fall of Kabul in August to the hands of the Taliban and the departure of the Americans, many countries have evacuated their nationals, as well as Afghans threatened in particular for having served foreign interests in recent years.
Medicines and food distributed
The fate of the employees of the French army during its operations in the country has also been the subject for years of many controversies, their supporters accusing France of having failed in its duty to protect by reluctant to grant them visas. . From 2001 to 2014, 770 local recruiting civilian personnel (PCRLs) collaborated with the French army as interpreters, drivers or domestic workers in Afghanistan.
Moreover, in a joint statement with the authorities in Doha, Paris announced that it had delivered some “40 tons of medical equipment, food and winter supplies intended for international organizations in Afghanistan”.
The French aid, consisting mainly of medical equipment intended for the Medical Institute for Mother and Child in Kabul, was transported to Afghanistan via a military flight provided by Qatar.