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Revealed: how former hostage Sophie Pétronin secretly returned to Mali

International — Investigation

News emerged at the weekend that former French hostage Sophie Pétronin, 76, who was held captive for almost four years by an al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali until her release in October last year, secretly returned to the West African country in March, and has since been living with her adopted daughter in the capital Bamako. Her presence in the country was made public after the Malian authorities on Saturday issued a warrant for her arrest, for reasons that are still unclear. In this report for Mediapart, journalist Anthony Fouchard, who is close to Pétronin and her family, reveals the details of how the humanitarian worker, together with her son, succeeded in the long clandestine journey to Bamako.    

Hostage situation at high-security prison in France ends

France — Link

An inmate at the jail at Conde-sur-Sarthe in north-west France who had taken two guards hostage and injured one of them, surrendered after negotiations with authorities,  the justice minister said.

French hostage Sophie Pétronin freed after being held in Mali

International — Link

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomed news of Sophie Pétronin's release as well as that of Soumaïla Cissé – a prominent Malian politician who was abducted in Mali on March 25.

Son of aid worker abducted in Mali says France has ‘proof of life’

France — Link

Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin said he was relieved to know his mother Sophie Pétronin, abducted in 2016, was alive, but said he felt there was no way to get her 'out of this hell'.

French and West African presidents launch Sahel armed force

France — Link

Move came as Emmanuel Macron vowed to 'eradicate' kidnappers of French citizen Sophie Pétronin, who has appeared in hostage video.

French-Tunisian hostage freed in Yemen

International — Link

Nourane Houas was released having been kidnapped in Yemen last December while working for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Belgium bomber identified as prison guard of IS held French hostages

France — Link

Najim Laachraoui, one of Brussels airport suicide bombers, was identified by French journalists kidnapped and held in Syria from 2013 to 2014.

French commandos free Dutch hostage from al-Qaeda group in northern Mali

International — Link

Sjaak Rijke, a Dutch train conductor kidnapped from a Timbuktu restaurant in November 2011, was freed in a dawn raid by French troops.

French TV channel BFM sued over coverage of kosher supermarket massacre

France — Link

Victims and their families claim the news channel's coverage endangered their lives during the deadly attack in Paris by Amedy Coulibaly.

Negotiations continue in CAR to free kidnapped French aid worker

International — Link

Claudia Priest, 67, a teacher with a Catholic medical NGO in the Central African Reupublic, was kidnapped in the capital Bangui on Monday.

Hostages taken in Paris supermarket - gunman linked with police murder

France — Link

Reports say gunman holding up to 5 hostages in kosher supermarket is linked to Charlie Hebdo killers and is suspect in policewoman murder.

Malian government confirms prisoners released for freeing of French hostage

International — Link

A Malian government spokesman said four men were freed in exchange for the release of Serge Lazarevic by al-Qaida's North African branch.

Was French hostage swapped for detained jihadists?

France — Link

Disquiet in Mali that French hostage Serge Lazarevic was freed in exchange for release of a notorious Malian 'terrorist'.

Last French hostage freed in Mali

France — Link

Release of Serge Lazarevic after being held by Islamists for three years means there are now no more French hostages anywhere in world.

High-class jewellery store robbery ends in cross-Paris chase with police

France — Link

The heist at the Champs Elysées Cartier store by armed robbers ended after they surrendered during a hostage siege near Montparnasse.