Twitter screenshot Olivier Dubois has been held for nearly 16 months in Mali, and remains to this day the only French hostage held in the world. Twitter screenshot Olivier Dubois has been held for nearly 16 months in Mali, and remains to this day the only French hostage held in the world. MALI – On August 21, 2022, journalist Olivier Dubois will be held captive for 500 days. A date that is both symbolic and fateful for his family. Before this sad anniversary, the Olivier Dubois Family collective (made up of the reporter’s mother, his sister Canèle Bernard and his brother-in-law) is launching a large-scale communication operation this Friday, August 5, on the eve of the 48th anniversary of the French hostage. In a video published on the Youtube account of the support collective for the only French captive abroad, they explain that they want to encourage citizens to participate “in a holiday duty”. A simple and sometimes forgotten gesture in the digital age: sending a postcard, “an attention that touches and reminds our loved ones that we do not forget them”, explains the collective in its press release Destinée à Emmanuel Macron pour l ‘ to question the too long detention of Olivier Dubois, this letter aims to “remind our President Emmanuel Macron that Olivier Dubois, our son and brother has his feet in the sand, that he has sun but that he is not on vacation in Mali”. Open to everyone, this initiative is however subject to a few simple rules in order to make the action impactful and effective for its recipient, as you can see in the video below. You cannot view this content because you have refused the cookies associated with content from third parties. If you want to view this content, you can change your choices. Thus, it is requested to bring a postcard “respectful” of the Head of State and containing no vulgarity. The second rule is to copy as it is a short and impactful message prepared by the family of the freelance journalist: “Hello Mr. President, When will Olivier Dubois, journalist, return to France? 500 days… Free Olivier Dubois”. Finally, all that remains is to write the address of the Élysée, also communicated by the collective in the explanatory video. Moreover a stamp is not necessary for the sending of this postcard. Indeed, for any mail weighing less than 20 grams, communicating with the Élysée is totally free. A petition with more than 100,000 signatures Since his abduction on April 8, 2021 by the support group for Islam and Muslims, the main jihadist alliance in the Sahel and linked to Al-Qaeda, Olivier Dubois has received many supporters. Starting with several stars like Omar Sy or the group IAM. The Marseille rappers had also joined several other public and media personalities to call for his release in a video, on the eve of the first year of captivity of the reporter. You cannot view this content because you have refused the cookies associated with content from third parties. If you want to view this content, you can change your choices. This video was also intended to call for signing the petition, published on January 6. A petition that has since exceeded 100,000 signatures in the space of eight months, and that it is still possible to sign online. To date, the 47-year-old French reporter’s last proof of life dates back to an unauthenticated video uploaded on March 13. We saw Olivier Dubois, in relatively good health, asking the French government to “continue to do everything possible” for his release. He also sends messages to his relatives. His little sister, Canèle Bernard, has also confided in HuffPost for a long time on the occasion of this symbolic date to return to this long year of waiting. Moreover, Catherine Colonna, new Minister of Foreign Affairs gave some news to Liberation in an interview published Thursday. “Don’t doubt it, every effort is being made to obtain the release of Olivier Dubois […] we know from experience that discretion is essential to the success of these efforts. Any breach of discretion jeopardizes and complicates the work done,” she explained. The minister also announces that she has asked her chief of staff to receive the family of Olivier Dubois, a proposal which “was made to them this week”. See also on The HuffPost: France announces leaving Mali, but not the Sahel You cannot view this content because you have refused the cookies associated with content from third parties. If you want to view this content, you can change your choices.
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