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Message from Benoît Potier to shareholders

Given the international and national health context linked to the COVID-19 outbreak, Benoît Potier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide, addresses the Group shareholders.

Paris, March 17, 2020

Dear Shareholders,

Given the international and national health context linked to the COVID-19 outbreak, which impacts each and everyone of us, and in a particularly turbulent financial market environment, I wanted to reach out to you with this personal message.

Health and safety have always been Air Liquide's top priorities. This is why we are closely monitoring the evolution of this unprecedented crisis in all the countries in which the Group is present. From the outset, we have implemented measures to protect efficiently the health of our employees, patients, customers and partners. Strict protocols and work organization adjustments have been put in place and will be adapted according to the evolution of the situation.

Simultaneously, the continuity of our activities to serve industry and healthcare is organized to ensure the best possible response to the needs of our customers and patients, wherever the Group is present. In healthcare especially, our teams are fully mobilized. This is an essential and critical activity in the current context, be it through the production and delivery of oxygen, the supply of medical equipment or home healthcare. In France, as in other countries, every possible effort is being made to provide hospitals and patients at home with the medical gases, oxygen solutions and ventilation devices that are essential in the management of the COVID-19 epidemic.

At a time when the meetings with shareholders can no longer be held, I will come back to you very soon on the format of your Annual General Meeting. 

More than ever, all Shareholder Services advisors and the Investor Relations team are at your disposal to support you and answer any questions you may have by post, telephone or email.

In this context of unseen health crisis, I can assure you that the commitment of the Management and employees of the Group, both globally and locally, is unwavering. Throughout its history, your Group has already gone through external crises. We have always been able to overcome them, thanks to the mobilization and professionalism of our employees, the strength of our business model, and your loyalty as shareholders. 

Our business fundamentals and long-term vision are particularly strong assets. I am confident in our ability to face and overcome this phase of our history.

I would like to thank you for your loyalty, which we strive to deserve even more every day. It is both an honor and a responsibility.

Benoît Potier
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide

Article published on March 17, 2020