Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, September 23, 2014)
A French national was kidnapped on Sunday in Algeria in the region of Tizi Ouzou while he was staying there. No one has claimed responsibility for this kidnapping.
Every effort is being made to find our compatriot. Government agencies have been mobilized; we’re not ruling anything out. We are in continuous contact with the Algerian authorities who are cooperating with us and lending us their full support.
Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, has asked around 30 French embassies to urge our compatriots who are living or traveling abroad to increase their vigilance in the face of the terrorist threat.
Our compatriots are urged to systematically consult the safety advice provided on the “Travel Advice” page: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/. This advice is frequently updated (almost 1,300 times a year), based on the analyses made by our embassies and the Quai d’Orsay’s Crisis Center. The information is updated in real time.
French citizens living in the countries concerned are encouraged to make themselves known to the nearest French Consulate if they haven’t already done so.
French citizens visiting the countries concerned are encouraged to make themselves known by registering online on the Ariane system: (https://pastel.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fildariane/dyn/public/login.html).
France supports the initiative launched by Mr. Bernardino Leon, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, who has invited the parties to initiate a dialogue on September 29.
At this difficult time in Libya, this initiative aims to put an end to the violence in order to allow the political transition to resume. The crisis can only be resolved through political means. The formation of a new government - led by Abdullah al-Thinni -, following the elections on June 25, should help ensure the success of the dialogue initiated under the auspices of the United Nations.
Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will reaffirm our mobilization in support of Libya and our support for UN action at the event organized by the UN Secretary-General on September 25.