One Frenchman died and two others were wounded

The French Embassy has advised all French nationals in South Korea to contact their relatives.

The death toll continues to rise after a stampede on the streets of Seoul (South Korea) killed at least 153 people at a Halloween party. A French national has been identified among the victims, the Quai d’Orsay informs BFMTV. Two other French people were injured but left hospital, the same source said.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of one of our comrades during the tragedy in Seoul,” the Quai d’Orsay responded in a press release issued in the afternoon. “Europe and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its crisis and support center and its embassy in Seoul, are fully mobilized to support the family of our national.”

French Embassy in South Korea He advised French nationals currently in the area to “contact their relatives as soon as possible to reassure them”.

“France is on your side”

Saturday night turns into a nightmare in Itaewon, a district of Seoul located near a former US military base and with its cosmopolitan atmosphere, its maze of narrow alleyways to its bars and all kinds of party spots.

According to media estimates, around 100,000 people attended the Halloween party, the first in Seoul since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Emmanuel Macron expressed “a moving thought for the residents of Seoul and all Korean people” on Saturday evening. “France is on your side,” the head of state said on Twitter as Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne expressed her “very strong emotion.”

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