Tribune. Historical past accelerated in Afghanistan. Twenty years after being pushed out, the Taliban have regained energy by drive of arms, pushing those that have tried to construct a free Afghanistan onto the roads of exile. It’s the responsibility of our nation to supply hospitality to those defenders of freedom. Our Structure, our historical past, like the concept the world has of our nation, invite us to take action. The French are hooked up to it. We’re all too acquainted with the totalitarian fury that’s as soon as once more descending on Afghanistan. It assaults fashionable and democratic societies in every single place. We’re combating it too.
Trustworthy to our republican custom in addition to to our dedication to human rights and basic freedoms, particularly respect for ladies’s rights, the Head of State due to this fact introduced, a number of hours after the seize of Kabul, that France would play its full half within the safety of Afghan men and women threatened with persecution. Since August 17, we’ve got airlifted over 2,600 Afghans from Kabul airport. State companies and associations are onerous at work to make sure their reception in France night time and day, as they make sure the repatriation of our compatriots. It’s an distinctive mobilization, for which I need to thank all of the gamers.
Lucidity and vigilance
Generosity doesn’t exclude lucidity. Scores of Afghans will search to depart their nation within the coming months. We all know that we will be unable to accommodate all of them on our soil. The solidarity effort have to be shared. That is the which means of the discussions initiated by France, on the instigation of the President of the Republic, with our European and worldwide companions. Lucidity additionally means vigilance over individuals arriving in France, who’re topic to rigorous safety examinations on the varied phases of their journey. We should not permit the abuse of the fitting of asylum.
To precisely assess France’s perspective to the reception of Afghan refugees, three factors have to be underlined.
The primary considerations the anticipation of the disaster. We didn’t wait till August 15 to behave. As early as Could, because the Taliban approached energy, we had been one of many solely nations to start the evacuations of Afghan personnel working for the French diplomatic, consular and cultural companies and their households. 600 and twenty-three individuals have benefited, most of them girls and kids, to which have to be added the Afghan auxiliaries of the French military and their households, round 800 individuals, already evacuated since 2012.
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