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Hervé Gourdel.
25/01/2015 - France - Algeria

Body of slain French tourist Hervé Gourdel to return home

The body of French mountaineer guide Hervé Gourdel is to be flown home to France on Monday, just over four months since jihadists kidnapped and beheaded him in Algeria.

French humanitarian worker Claudia Priest.
25/01/2015 - France - Central African Republic

Freed aid worker in the CAR to return to France

The French aid worker who was kidnapped this week in the Central African Republic and freed Friday will arrive at a military airport near Paris on Sunday evening.

An anti-Balaka militiaman behind villagers in Bouca, Central African Republic
23/01/2015 - France - Central African Republic

Kidnapped French aid worker’s family worried for her safety

The son of a French aid worker held hostage by anti-balaka Christian militia in the Central African Republic (CAR) says he is worried for her safety.
16/01/2015 - Report: Italy - Syria

Two Italian aid worker hostages in Syria released

Two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago have been released and arrived in Rome over Thursday night.

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on 5 novembre 2013 in Bamako
18/12/2014 - Mali - France

Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita vows to free remaining Western hostages

In an exclusive interview with RFI, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (IBK) says that the four Jihadists freed in exchange for the French hostage Serge Lazarevic will be hunted down by Malian, Niger and French troops.

Released hostage Serge Lazarevic on arrival at Villacoublay airport near Paris
14/12/2014 - France - Mali

French former hostage Lazarevic denies being spy, believes freed for ransom

Former hostage Serge Lazarevic has denied being a mercenary and said he was tortured while a prisoner of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) in northern Mali.
Serge Lazarevic (L) is greeted by French President François Hollande on his return to France this week
13/12/2014 - France - Mali

Mali confirms Al-Qaeda prisoners exchanged for French hostage Lazarevic

Mali admitted on Friday that Al-Qaeda prisoners were freed in exchange for French hostage Serge Lazarevic, confirming reports on RFI earlier in the week.
Serge Lazarevic (L) with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) with his daughter Diane (L) and French President François Hollande at Villacoublay airport
11/12/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

Mali prison officers threaten strike over Lazarevic prisoner exchange

Prison officers in Mali are threatening to strike over the release of prisoners in exchange for French hostage Serge Lazarevic.
Serge Lazarevic (L) with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and President François Hollande at Villacoublay airport
10/12/2014 - France - Mali - Niger

‘Life is beautiful,’ Lazarevic returns to France after three years as Al-Qaeda hostage

“Life is beautiful when you are free again,” former hostage Serge Lazarevic declared on his return to France on Wednesday morning.

Serge Lazarevic was captured in Mali in 2011
09/12/2014 - France - Mali

Serge Lazarevic, last French hostage freed

France's only remaining hostage abroad, Serge Lazarevic, who was kidnapped in Mali in 2011, has been freed, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.

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