100 French still missing post-tsunami

12th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 12 (AFP) - The number of French nationals unaccounted for since the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster has dropped by more than half, from some 250 to about 100, Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Wednesday.

PARIS, Jan 12 (AFP) - The number of French nationals unaccounted for since the  Indian Ocean tsunami disaster has dropped by more than half, from some 250 to about 100, Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said Wednesday.

Barnier told reporters attending a New Year's reception that according to the latest figures, 22 French nationals are confirmed dead in the December 26 disaster, 74 are missing and presumed dead, and about 100 are unaccounted for.

The foreign minister explained the significant drop in the number of those unaccounted for as the result of careful cross-checking carried out by French authorities.

On Monday, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said he feared that the "large majority" of those French nationals unaccounted for since the Asian tsunami disaster two weeks ago had likely died.

He said it was difficult to determine the exact number of French victims but added: "We fear that the number of our compatriots who died in this catastrophe includes the large majority of those people about whom we have no news."

© AFP

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