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'A life given is not a life lost': France honours troops slain in Burkina Faso hostage raid

Philippe Wojazer, Reuters | National tribute for soldiers who were killed last week in a mission to recover hostages in Burkina Faso.

France on Tuesday paid its final respects to two commandos killed during a raid to rescue two French hostages in the Sahel region of Africa last week. Read our live blog to see how the national tribute unfolded.

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French special forces Cedric de Pierrepont, 33, and Alain Bertoncello, 28, who died in the operation in Burkina Faso, were honoured in a ceremony at the Invalides military complex in Paris led by President Emmanuel Macron.

The raid last week freed 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.

Click on our live blog below to see how the national tribute unfolded.

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