Monday, June 18, 2007

France begins humanitarian airlift in eastern Chad

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France has announced the commencement of a humanitarian airlift in eastern Chad. The announcement is the first gesture by President Sarkozy, but more precisely, the outcome of a visit by the recently nominated Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner. Kouchner is best known for his posed cameo photos unloading sacks of flour during the Somalia crisis in the early 90's.

Update: WFP welcomed the French contribution, in a press release replete with a picture of a very big plane. 'WFP thanked the French government and particularly Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner for their support to end the suffering of Sudanese refugees and displaced Chadians.'