France honors troops slain in Burkina Faso hostage raid

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PARIS, France

The republic of France led by its President Emmanuel Macron Tuesday honored two commandos killed during a raid to rescue two French hostages in the African country of Burkina Faso last week.

The slain soldiers were special forces Cedric de Pierrepont, 33, and Alain Bertoncello, 28.

Media reported that the raid was successful leading to the freedom of French hostages Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas who had been seized on May 1 while on a safari trip in a nature park in Benin close to the border with Burkina Faso.