They had appealed to the government to be repatriated from their nightmarish cruise due to the coronavirus. Five of the seven family members returned to France.
“Everything is in a rush, but here we are”reacted Wednesday March 11 on Franceinfo Katia, a French native of Périgord returned in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in France, after being confined five days on a boat in Egypt, the A-Sara, with her family because of the Covid -19. Part of the crew and 45 passengers tested positive for coronavirus. Katia launched on March 8 on France Bleu Périgord, a cry for help, denouncing very difficult confinement conditions.
We are very happy to be on French territory, we know that everyone is well mobilized to see us here.at franceinfo
Five of the seven family members landed early Wednesday at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport. Katia's son Lucas explained that their guide asked them to pack on Tuesday and that everything was chained, escort to the airport, then two flights, the first to Cairo and then Paris. “We had to prepare in an emergency, very very precipitously, we were escorted by the soldiers, we crossed all the borders very very quickly, and we took the plane that night in Luxor, at two in the morning “, confirms Katia.
Now we have half of our families who stayed there.
Katia's mother and sister, who tested positive for coronavirus, stayed behind, hospitalized in northern Egypt. According to Lucas, their state of health is not worrying. “Until we find our mom, my sister, the husbands and the wives of those who are with us here in Paris, we are not quite 100% relieved. We look forward to their return “, shade Katia. The family actually made the return journey with 33 other A-Sara passengers. In all, there were 52 French on the Egyptian boat, says the prefecture of Dordogne. A dozen remained in Egypt, some patients with coronavirus, others chose to finish their quarantine on the spot.
Regarding possible support from the French State, “for the moment, we have no one. Apparently, everything was done so hastily”, Katia concludes.