PM fears French still missing after tsunami are dead

10th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 10 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said Monday he feared that the "large majority" of those French nationals unaccounted for since the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster two weeks ago had likely died.

PARIS, Jan 10 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said Monday he feared that the "large majority" of those French nationals unaccounted for since the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster two weeks ago had likely died.

"The number of French victims still cannot be determined with any precision, despite the efforts of all of our services and local authorities," Raffarin told journalists attending a New Year's reception.

"But 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," he added.

According to the latest toll released by French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier on Sunday, 22 French nationals are confirmed dead in the December 26 disaster, 69 are missing and presumed dead, and some 250 are unaccounted for.

© AFP

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