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French press review 23 March 2015

Le Monde was worried that the voters might not show up for Sunday's first round in the departmental elections.
Sanaa residents watch Huthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi on television
27/02/2015 - France - Yemen

Yemen tribal leaders start mediation with French woman’s kidnappers

Tribal leaders in Yemen have started mediating between the kidnappers of a French aid worker and her translator and local leaders of Shia Huthi militias.
Isabelle Prime's place of work in Sanaa.
25/02/2015 - France - Yemen

France trying to contact French woman’s Yemeni kidnappers

The French government is trying to contact the kidnappers of Isabelle Prime, the French woman kidnapped in Yemen on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday.
Houthi fighters stand outside a state security court in Sanaa on 22 February 2015.
24/02/2015 - FRANCE - YEMEN

French woman kidnapped in Yemen

A French woman consultant working for a World Bank funded project contracted by the Social Welfare Fund of Yemen was kidnapped in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, the French Foreign ministry said on ...
The families of victims in the Comoros crash pray at Marseille airport
20/02/2015 - France - Yemen

French court orders Yemen airline to pay 30 million euros damages for 2009 crash

A French court has ordered Yemenia airline to pay more than 30 million euros in damages to the families of victims of a deadly 2009 crash off the Comoros islands.
Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a leader of the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda (AQAP) in a still from a social media website, which purports to show Al Qaeda in Yemen claiming responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack
31/01/2015 - France - Yemen

Al-Qaeda in Yemen declares France enemy number one

The spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) says France has become the top enemy of Islam.

French weekly magazines review 18 January 2015

As you'd expect, the French weeklies are preoccupied with the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris and their aftermath.
Still from video posted to social media on 14 January 2015 of Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, leader of the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda, claiming  responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attack.
17/01/2015 - YEMEN - FRANCE

Frenchmen detained in Yemen for possible Al-Qaeda links

Yemen has detained two Frenchmen who they suspect of having ties to Al-Qaeda; the regional branch of this terrorist organisation has strong links to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claims the network's global leader Ayman Al Zawahri ordered the Charlie Hebdo attack.
14/01/2015 - France - Yemen

Al-Qaeda in Yemen claims responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attack

The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed it planned and financed last week's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in a video posted online on Wednesday.

Hayat Boumeddiene (L) and Amedy  Coulibaly
10/01/2015 - France

Hundreds of French police search for Paris jihadi gunman’s girlfriend

Hundreds of extra police were deployed around Paris on Saturday as they hunted for Hayat Boumeddiene, the girlfriend of Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four hostages in a kosher supermarket while Charlie ...