Sophie Pétronin is still alive, reveals French hostage kidnapped in Mali

Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin was able to see images of his mother dating from August 2019. The hostage kidnapped in 2016 appears “in good mental health but in poor physical health”.

Sophie Pétronin is still alive, her son told franceinfo on Tuesday March 31, 2020. The family reveals that they have obtained, through the Quai d'Orsay, proof of life from the French hostage, kidnapped in Mali on December 24, 2016. Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin said he was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs last week.

He could see images of his mother. “In August 2019, Sophie was well alive, she was bedridden, in good mental health but in poor physical health. Medicines are available to her, she seems well treated. Then, the Quai d'Orsay talks about proof of life at the beginning of March, but no details about it, it's a bit thin but it's better than nothing. “

We are happy to know that she is alive, even if it still makes us very sad.Sébastien Chadaud-Pétroninat franceinfo

This news gives a little hope to the relatives of Sophie Pétronin, 74, who we had no news since November 2018. “It's difficult (…) It seems like there is no prospect of getting Sophie Pétronin out of hell. With all those close to us, we continue to look for how we could help him.”

Through franceinfo, Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin sends this message which may reach his mother: “My little mom, of course, we have not forgotten you and we continue to hope that you will get out of there”.


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