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French hostage held nearly a year escapes in Nigeria

Last Updated: Monday, November 18, 2013, 00:51

A French engineer abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria has managed to escape after nearly a year in captivity, officials said.

Four French hostages freed after three-year kidnap ordeal in Niger

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 13:38

Hollande was to greet the quartet on their arrival at an airport outside Paris after what he called "three years of suffering for the families who lived through a nightmare".

France says two journalists held in Syria are alive

Last Updated: Sunday, July 14, 2013, 23:02

France says that two French journalists who were kidnapped in Syria last month are alive, but that one of six French hostages in Mali is likely dead as the al Qaeda-linked captors have said.

French family abducted by Boko Haram in Cameroon freed

Last Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013, 16:48

French family of seven, including four children, kidnapped at gunpoint in northern Cameroon by Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has been freed after two months in captivity.

Cameroon President orders rescue of French hostages

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 20:58

Rampant search is underway in Cameron for vacationing of a French family held hostage.

Osama `wanted to use hostages against Sarkozy`

Last Updated: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 09:23

A report said Osama had issued written instructions to AQIM members on how to handle a group of hostages.

Al Qaeda releases tape from French hostages

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 16:54

The hostages called for France to respond to the militant group`s demand.

Al Qaeda demands 90mn Euro ransom for French hostages

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 12:02

Al-Qaeda`s north African branch is demanding at least 90 million euros in ransom for the release of four French hostages held since September, a source close to mediators said.

French minister meets Afghan Prez on hostages

Last Updated: Monday, December 27, 2010, 09:52

Two French scribes were kidnapped by suspected Islamist insurgents in 2009.

New video of French hostages in Afghanistan released: TV

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 14:15

A new video of two French television journalists kidnapped a year ago by suspected Islamist insurgents east of Kabul has been released to authorities in France.

Al Qaeda group releases tape of French hostages

Last Updated: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 21:51

A tape released Thursday on a jihadist forum shows the first images of a group of hostages including five French citizens since they were seized two weeks ago in Niger by an al Qaeda offshoot and taken into the desert.

Taliban release video of 2 French hostages

Last Updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010, 19:58

The Taliban have released a video of two French journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan in December.