The Elysée announced this Thursday evening the death of a French soldier in operation in Mali. The latter was killed during fighting against armed groups as part of operations against terrorist groups from Aqmi to Sahe l.

At the same time, the Ministry of the Armed Forces confirmed the death in Mali of the Parachute Hussar 1st Class Tojohasina Razafintsalama, of the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment of Tarbes.

Engaged in Operation Barkhane, he died in action on Thursday in the Gossi region of Mali, 150 km west of Gao, during a clash with an armed terrorist group. His armored vehicle exploded on contact with a suicide vehicle loaded with explosives. Two parachute hussars were also injured during this engagement.

The Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, paid “tribute to this soldier who died for France”. She “bows before her memory and salutes her sacrifice”. “The first class parachute hussar Razafintsalama died fighting terrorism in a region where armed groups are carrying out violent actions against the civilian populations,” the minister said in a statement.

Hired in 2018

Born October 20, 1994 in Mahazoarivo (Madagascar), Tojohasina Razafintsalama has spent his entire career in the 1st Parachute Hussar Regiment of Tarbes, in which he joined on August 1, 2018.

Described as “particularly competent” during his training, he had participated in a short-term mission in New Caledonia from July 31 to December 6, 2019, which earned him a letter of congratulations from the colonel commanding the infantry regiment New Caledonian Pacific Navy.

On his return to Tarbes, he had passed his general elementary training, then acceded to the function of 12.7 mm machine gun shooter within his platoon.

Single and without children

He was projected in Mali on July 14 as part of Operation Barkhane within the Desert Battle Group No. 1 Bruno as an armored rider. Less than ten days before his death.

Decorated with the “bronze” national defense medal on January 1, 2019, the parachutist hussar 1st class Tojohasina Razafintsalama was single without children.

France remains committed alongside Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad in this fight against armed terrorist groups in the Sahel region.