Islamist gunmen kill two soldiers in western Algeria

Islamist gunmen have killed two soldiers in western Algeria less than a week after jihadist-linked militants beheaded a French hostage they abducted east of the capital, press reports said Monday.

France widens vigilance alert to 40 countries

Paris said Thursday it had widened its vigilance alert for nationals abroad from 31 to 40 countries including Asian nations, after a French hostage was beheaded in Algeria by jihadists linked to the Islamic State group.

French PM Hollande calls crisis meeting after `cowardly` beheading

 President Francois Hollande was to convene an emergency meeting of his defence council Thursday with renewed determination to fight Islamic State extremists after the "cowardly" beheading of a French hostage in Algeria.

French hostage in Nigeria free: Elysee

A French man has been freed almost a year after he was kidnapped in Nigeria by Islamist militants, President Francois Hollande`s office said on Sunday.

Four French taken hostage in Niger are freed

Four Frenchmen taken hostage by Islamic extremists in Niger have been released after three years of captivity, President Francois Hollande announced on Tuesday.

Nigeria Islamists release video of French hostage: SITE

Nigerian Islamist group Ansaru has released a video of a French national kidnapped in December, the SITE jihadi tracking website said.

French hostage freed in Afghanistan, returns home

French photographer Pierre Borghi returned to France on Sunday, a week after he was freed in Afghanistan following four months in captivity, officials said.

French hostage freed in Afghanistan: Embassy

A Frenchman who was kidnapped in Afghanistan at the end of November has been freed, the French embassy said on Monday.

Al Qaeda beheads French hostage in Mali

Al Qaeda has said that it has beheaded a French hostage in response to the country`s military intervention in Mali.

Somali militants say they killed French hostage

Somalia`s most dangerous militant group says it has killed a French hostage that French military forces tried to rescue last weekend.

Gunmen escape with French hostage into Somalia

The 66-year-old disabled woman was grabbed in the early hours of Saturday from Kenya`s northern coast.

Sarkozy vows revenge after Al-Qaeda kills French hostage

Prez Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to avenge the murder of a French aid worker by Al-Qaeda.

Al Qaeda kills French hostage after raid

French Enmilal aid group member Michel Germaneau was kidnapped in April.

Al-Qaeda demands prisoners swapped for French hostage: TV

The North African branch of al-Qaeda
has demanded that imprisoned members of the group be released
in exchange for a French national kidnapped in Niger in April,
Al-Jazeera television reported Thursday.

Al Qaeda French hostage ultimatum about to expire

Malian negotiators said on Saturday they were still hopeful a Frenchman kidnapped in Mali by the north African branch of al Qaeda will not be executed, just as an ultimatum set by the group runs out.

Qaeda threatens to execute French hostage in Mali

The north African branch of al Qaeda said it will execute a French hostage unless four of its militants are freed from jail in Mali in 20 days, two US monitoring groups said on Monday.

Somalia rebels issue conditions for French hostage

Islamist rebels in Somalia on Thursday asked the French government to meet four conditions for the release of a French security advisor they have been holding for more than two months.

Both French agents are free: Somali Minister

Both French intelligence agents kidnapped in Mogadishu last month have been freed and they are in good health, Somali Information Minister Dahir Mohamud Gele said today.