Dakar: “My legs are saved”, testifies Philippe Boutron, seriously injured in an explosion

Seriously injured in the explosion on 30 December of his vehicle before the start of the Dakar 2022, Philippe Boutron gave his news in an interview with France Bleu Orléans. “The situation is improving,” he explained.

Philippe Boutron, seriously injured in the explosion on 30 December of his vehicle in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, before the departure of the Dakar 2022, gave reassuring news this Thursday in an interview with France Bleu Orléans .

“The situation I’m getting better, I’ve been hit in both legs. I’m having another operation next Monday, I don’t know when I’ll be able to walk again exactly, but my legs are saved and that’s the main thing.” he explained on the phone from the Percy military hospital in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine).

“I took the floor under my legs”

The president of the US Orléans football club (National), whose “morale is good”, indicated that he had already undergone several operations. He had been placed in an artificial coma to relieve his pain following his repatriation to France. The pilot, aged years, returned to the explosion: “There was a big shock. We did not expect it at all The bomb was put under the floor (of his assistance vehicle, editor’s note) and I took the floor under my legs”.

Following this explosion, the national prosecutor’s office anti-terrorist opened a preliminary investigation for “attempted assassinations in connection with a terrorist enterprise”. Investigators from the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI) questioned “everyone”, said Philippe Boutron, himself heard twice.

As revealed by RMC Sport, a quasi-similar investigation interests the DGSI. This other “event” happened the day after the first explosion. Precisely on the night of 31 December to January 1st. Another assistance vehicle, that of Camélia Liparoti, would also have “exploded” according to the driver of the truck.