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14/12/2014 - Interview: Former Nigerian president Olesegun Obasanjo

Exclusive: Obasanjo lays into Jonathan as autobiography faces Nigeria libel ban

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo slammed a Nigerian politician who has held up publication of his autobiography by suing him for libel in an exclusive interview with RFI.
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.

Video screenshot of two of the kidnappes of Hervé Gourdel.
27/11/2014 - Algeria - France

Algerian army claims one of French hiker’s murderers killed

The Algerian army has killed one of the jihadist kidnappers responsible for the beheading of French hiker, Hervé Gourdel.
Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, on the Turkish-Syrian border in October 2014.
29/10/2014 - France - Syria - Turkey

French father arrested for abducting daughter to join Syria jihad

A French man accused of kidnapping his 18-month-old daughter in 2013 to wage jihad in Syria was taken into custody on Tuesday when he arrived in France after being deported from ...
18/10/2014

French press review 18 October 2014

The French press looks to Africa today. There’s a glimmer of hope about the fate of Nigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls and its fight with Ebola is praised.
Residents of Hervé Gourdel's village, Saint-Martin-Vésubie, pay tribute to him after his murder
03/10/2014 - France - Algeria- Syria - Iraq

Algeria hunts 15 jihadists for Frenchman’s beheading

Algeria has issued arrest warrants for 15 suspects in the kidnapping and beheading of French tourist Hervé Gourdel on terrorism, kidnapping and murder charges.
French Muslims pay tribute to Hervé Gourdel after his murder
01/10/2014 - France - Algeria- Syria - Iraq

Algeria identifies some of French hiker’s Islamist murderers

Algerian authorities say they have identified some of the kidnappers of French tourist Hervé Gourdel and have vowed to track them down and identify the rest.
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