The Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, hosted Saturday, December 8, 2012 in Paphos, on the island of Cyprus, a group of 153 French soldiers returning from Afghanistan. They expressed the gratitude of the nation for commitment of French forces in the country since 2001.
Saturday, December 8, 2012, the Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, came to meet 153 French soldiers returning from Afghanistan, on the occasion of their visit to Cyprus decompression chamber.Wishing to stand alongside some of the last troops engaged in combat operations, the Minister expressed the gratitude of the Nation with regard to the mission carried out by our forces in Afghanistan since 2001.
In his speech on the tarmac of the airport of Paphos, Cyprus, Jean-Yves Le Drian was first saluted the memory of the 88 French soldiers who sacrificed their lives in this theater. The Minister pointed to the soldiers the courage of their wounded comrades during operation. He said: "It is with a sense of accomplishment that you get in France. You will soon be in your home. In two weeks, you will celebrate Christmas with family. You will find those that you like and that you have missed so much. It was a commitment that the President had taken before the French. The honored here. "
The minister then embedded with the 153 soldiers on board the Airbus of Air Force, to join France.
Developed in June 2009 in favor of French units engaged in Afghanistan, the lock end of the mission is a component of psychological implemented by the Army. Innovative device to enable the transition between the end of a difficult operational mission and return to garrison life standard, it lasts 72 hours and is conducted in a civilian environment in Paphos, in the south-west of the island of Cyprus. Gradually extended to joint components, it has already affected some 13,000 soldiers.