On Thursday the 24th of January comrades from the 8th and the DGSE flocked to the town of Moulin-à-Vent south of Perpignan, home of Patrice’s wife, their 6 month old little boy, and Patrice’s father, a former officer in the 8RPIMa.
During the operation itself, Patrice and 50 of his comrades left the Navy Ship Mistral aboard four EC725 Caracals, two Tiger attack helicopters, and United States support aircraft towards the location of Denis Allex. The incoming aircraft triggered an early warning system in place by the militants which allowed for the enemy to amass a larger group of fighters. Patrice was severely wounded during the operation and was flown back to the Mistral where he succumbed to his wounds.
The identity of the second fallen French commando who was left behind in Somalia has not been released.