National tribute to Master Corporal Maxime Blasco, who died in operation in Mali

Yesterday, Wednesday September 29, a national tribute was paid to the Invalides to Master Corporal Maxime Blasco, killed in Mali during a fight in the accomplishment of his mission on September 24. 

Maxime Blasco is the 52nd soldier killed in Mali. He lost his life Friday 24 September in a fight against an armed terrorist group. On Wednesday a national tribute was paid to him during a ceremony chaired by Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by the Prime Minister, Jean Castex and the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly.

Decorated with the “military medal” on June 18 “for the exceptional value of his services”, Master Corporal Maxime Blasco of the 7th Battalion of Alpine Chasseurs de Varces was known for his courage and his sense of commitment. "He was upright and full of love" confides the soldier's mother with emotion on France 2.

In 2019, he saved two of his brothers in arms after their helicopter crashed in the Sahel desert, when he himself was seriously injured. In a documentary broadcast in 2020, an excerpt of which was posted on Twitter by FranceInfo upon the announcement of his death, the soldier spoke of his profession with passion and humility.

When national ceremony at the Invalides, the master corporal was posthumously made an officer of the Legions of Honor by the President of the Republic.

He leaves behind his partner Alexandra and their eight-year-old son Ethan, they were both present on Wednesday. "I asked to be married posthumously to Maxime" confided the young woman to the Parisian.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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