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French President François Hollande and Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto clink glasses in Mexico City on Thursday
11/04/2014 - France - Mexico

Hollande treads delicately in Mexico after Trierweiler tweet

French President François Hollande tried to limit diplomatic damage sown by his former partner, Valérie Trierweiler, on a state visit to Mexico Thursday.

French Preésident François Hollande (L.) with Mexicao's Foreign Affairs Miniser Antonio Meade (R.) at Mexico City airport on Thursday
10/04/2014 - France - Mexico

Hollande in Mexico to repair relations but Trierweiler tweet could mean new row

French President François Hollande is in Mexico on Thursday and Friday for a state visit to repair relationsbetween the two countries after a long-running row over an imprisoned ...

Ericka Bareigts, Socialist MP for a Réunion constituency
17/02/2014 - France - La Réunion

France to debate Réunion island's stolen generation

France's parliament is to debate a bill denouncing the "forced migration" of more than 1,600 children from the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion to mainland France on Tuesday. The "stolen children" were brought to France between 1963 and 1982

South African Al Qaeda hostage still held in Yemen
10/02/2014 - African news explained

South African Al Qaeda hostage still held in Yemen

Negotiators attempting to secure the release of the South African hostage Pierre Korkie, who is being held in Yemen by Al Qaeda, say they have no proof that he is either alive or dead.

04/01/2014 - France - Syria

Nationalities of aid doctors with MSF abducted in Syria revealed

The nationalities of the five Doctors Without Borders (MSF) employees taken by an unknown group in Syria have been revealed, though few other details of their disappearance have emerged.

François Hollande, Georges Vandenbeusch, Villacoublay airport, 1 Jan.2014.
01/01/2014 - France - Cameroon

French priest held hostage in Cameroon arrives home

French President Francois Hollande welcomed French priest and former hostage Georges Vandenbeusch home to France just after 6.30 on Wednesday morning lauding his “courage” and ...

French priest Georges Vandenbeusch
31/12/2013 - Cameroon - France

Kidnapped French priest freed in Cameroon

The French priest kidnapped in northern Cameroon in November by Islamist rebels has been freed, the office of French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.

Jean-Pierre Verdon (left) next to Diane Lazarevic (right), the father and daughter of Philippe Verdon and Serge Lazarevic in Paris.
24/11/2013 - France - Mali

Family reflects on Frenchman Serge Lazarevic kidnapped two years ago in Mali

Today marks the second year anniversary since Frenchman Serge Lazarevic was abducted in Mali.

Former French hostage Francis Collomp (2ndL) is welcomed by relatives and officials including Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) and Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius on the tarmac upon his arrival at Villacoublay military airport, near Paris, Nove
22/11/2013 - France - Nigeria

RFI journalists' murders inspired French Nigeria hostage's escape

The French hostage who escaped Islamist kidanappers in Nigeria last weekend says that the killing of RFI's Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon inspired him to run away from his captors.

Arche de Zoé members Eric Breteau (C) and Emilie Lelouch (L) at their trial in N'djamena in 2007
20/11/2013 - France

French Zoe's Ark NGO leaders appeal against prison terms

The founders of the controversial French NGO Arche de Zoé (Zoe's Ark) were to appear before an appeals court in Paris on Wednesday for attempting to smuggle Chadian children to ...