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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.

Former French hostage Daniel Larribe (2ndR) is welcomed by relatives as French President Francois Hollande (R) and French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) look on upon their arrival in France
30/10/2013 - Niger - France - Mali

Millions paid to free French Aqim hostages, report

As four French hostages arrive in France after three years in the hands of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), French media report that a ransom of over 20 million euros was paid to to free them.

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou (L) and French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius (R) with former hostages Thierry Dol and Daniel Larribe (C)
30/10/2013 - Niger - France - Mali

French Niger hostages en route to France

Four French nationals who have been held hostage in Niger since 2010 were flying home to Paris on Wednesday morning after being freed on Tuesday.
08/02/2013 - Mali - France - United States

France paid millions for Niger hostages who were not freed, ex-US ambassador claims

France paid a ransom of millions of euros to Al Qaida’s north African arm for four hostages held in Niger but they were not freed


French press review 19 January 2013

Making news in France : the hostage crisis at a gas plant in Algeria; the continuing military intervention in Mali; and snow.