French woman abducted in Yemen in video appeal for help

Isabelle Prime, 30, a consultant for Yemen's Social Fund for Development, appears distressed in the video appeal to French and Yemeni leaders.

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France has authenticated a video that shows a Frenchwoman taken hostage in Yemen appealing to President François Hollande and Yemen's exiled leader to help her, and said it was doing all it could to secure her release, reports ABC News.

The 21-second video shows Isabelle Prime, a consultant for Yemen's Social Fund for Development, crouching on sand and in distress, making her appeal to Mr Hollande and Yemen's Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi in English.

"Mr Hollande and Mr Hadi, my name is Isabelle, I've been kidnapped 10 weeks ago in Yemen, in Sanaa. Please bring me to France fast because I'm really, really tired," she said in the video.

"I tried to kill myself several times because I know you will not cooperate and I totally understand."

The 30-year-old was seized with her Yemeni translator, Sherine Makkaoui, on February 24th as they were driving to work.

Yemeni tribal sources said in March that Ms Prime would be released, but only Ms Makkaoui was freed.

There has been no public claim of responsibility for her abduction so far. The video first appeared on YouTube on May 4th.

"It is a video in which Isabelle Prime appears. All the relevant state services are mobilised to free our compatriot," the French foreign ministry said without elaborating.

Read more of this report, with video, from ABC News.

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