A French engineer abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria has managed to escape after nearly a year in captivity, officials said.
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 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 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.
Rampant search is underway in Cameron for vacationing of a French family held hostage.
A report said Osama had issued written instructions to AQIM members on how to handle a group of hostages.
The hostages called for France to respond to the militant group`s demand.
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.
Two French scribes were kidnapped by suspected Islamist insurgents in 2009.
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.
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.
The Taliban have released a video of two French journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan in December.
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